Callicarpa dichotoma (Lour.) K. Koch
Callicarpa purpurea Juss.
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Asteridae||A large class that encompasses asters|
|Order||Lamiales||Aromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary|
|Genus||Callicarpa||Beautyberries—small shrubs and trees, mostly Asian, also from the Americas and Australia|
|Species||dichotoma||Forked in pairs, repeatedly dividing into pairs of branches|
About plant names...
Beautyberry is native to China, Vietnam, Korea, and Japan; and cultivated in the United States
for hedges. It is also naturalized in a few states.
Plants: Shrubs are deciduous, and typically 3-4' (91-121 cm) high and 4-5' (1.2-1.5 m)
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.
Callicarpa dichotoma at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
Callicarpa dichotoma at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Callicarpa dichotoma description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.
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Not looking very beautiful... · 11/30/2014 · James River, Midlothian, Virginia
≈ 3 × 2" (8.4 × 5.6 cm)
9/21/2012 · By Jacquelyn Boyt
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