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Callicarpa japonica

A deciduous shrub to 1.5m high, with a rounded habit and narrowly ovate, tapered and slightly serrated green leaves. In summer, produces small, very pale pink flowers in clusters along the stems, these are followed in autumn by small, glossy purple berries

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Green
Autumn Green Yellow Purple
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Lamiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Callicarpa can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs, with simple, opposite leaves and tiny white pink or purple flowers in axillary clusters, followed by small, usually colourful fruits. Several shrubs grown together ensures pollination for successful fruiting

Name status

Correct

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, well drained soil in sun or part shade. Fruits best when grown in groups; at least two plants are needed to ensure pollination and berry production

Propagation

Propagate by seed, by softwood cuttings in spring, or by semi-ripe cuttings with bottom heat in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Cut flowers
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 6

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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