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Callicarpa dichotoma ( Callicarpa )

C. dichotoma differs from C. americana and C. bodinieri mainly in size, bearing smaller leaves, flowers and berries and rarely attaining a height or width of over four feet. Where most plants are known for their flowers, the Callicarpa genus is known for its showy clusters of berries. These deciduous, full shrubs have nice, rather neutral looking leaves and delicate pink, early summer flowers that preceed the purple berries which persist through fall, if the birds don’t eat them that is. Callicarpa thrive in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun or dappled light. They are especially at home along the wood’s edge. This plant flowers and produces fruit on the current years growth, so prune hard when buds begin to swell in early spring.