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Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’

 

Purple Beautyberry

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyLamiaceaeMint family
GenusCallicarpaBeautyberries—small shrubs and trees, mostly Asian, also from the Americas and Australia
SpeciesdichotomaForked in pairs, repeatedly dividing into pairs of branches
Cultivar‘Early Amethyst’

About plant names...

Beautyberry is native to China, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan; and cultivated in the United States for hedges.

Plants: Shrubs are deciduous, and typically 3-4' (91-121 cm) high and 4-5' (1.2-1.5 m) around. This cultivar blooms earlier than most purple beautyberries, producing more fruit.

Leaves: Opposite, simple, bright medium green leaves, all on the same plane. Leaves are 1-3" (2.5-7.6 cm) long.

Flowers: Lavendar-pink, appearing June to August.

Fruits: Brilliant purple showy berries in clusters. (Some cultivars have white berries.) They remain after leaves fall, looking even more dramatic.

Edibility: Berries are bitter, mealy, and inedible, though they are popular with squirrels and mockingbirds. Many sources consider them to be poisonous.

Online References:

Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’ at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’ at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Callicarpa dichotoma (Purple Beautyberry)

8/30/2013 · Chris and Kelley’s, Midlothian, VA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Callicarpa dichotoma (Purple Beautyberry)

8/30/2013 · Chris and Kelley’s, Midlothian, VA
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 19 cm)

Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’ description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 27 Jun 2017.

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Callicarpa dichotoma (Purple Beautyberry)

8/31/2013 · Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Callicarpa dichotoma (Purple Beautyberry)

8/30/2013 · Chris and Kelley’s, Midlothian, VA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Callicarpa dichotoma (Purple Beautyberry)

8/30/2013 · Chris and Kelley’s, Midlothian, VA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Callicarpa dichotoma (Purple Beautyberry)

8/31/2013 · Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 15 cm)

Callicarpa dichotoma (Purple Beautyberry)

8/30/2013 · Chris and Kelley’s, Midlothian, VA
≈ 3½ × 6" (9.6 × 14 cm)

Range: Zones 5-8:

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