Callicarpa bodinieri is a lovely deciduous shrub with an upright habit to 3m in height. The shrub produces tiny pink flowers in summer but it’s mainly valued for its bead-like violet berries which appear in autumn. The foliage is bronze-tinted, turning to dark green later in the season.
Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’
Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’ is a good variety. It produces berries in large quantities.
Callicarpa bodinieri ‘Profusion’
Pruning Callicarpa bodinieri (Beauty berry). If some shaping is required, cut back stems in March.
If the shrub gets too big, you can renovate it by drastic pruning. Cut back all stems to 20cm above the ground. Do this job in early spring after any danger of frost has passed.
Callicarpa bodinieri works well with spring-flowering shrubs such as Choisya ternata, Forsythia, Magnolia stellata and Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’