Category: Shrub - Deciduous
Zones: 5 to 8
Size: 4 to 5' tall and usually slightly wider
Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade
Prefers moist well-drained soil and full sun to part shade. Naturally a plant found at the edge of woodlands. Grown for its purple berries in autumn, persisting into winter if the birds don't take them. The berries are more striking if planted in front of dark evergreens. Flowers and berries on current year branches, so yearly pruning produces more berries. Prune in March to a height of half the eventual desired height. Form is loosely upright. Dirr considers this to have the "best garden form" of the Beautyberry species.
- Callicarpa dichotoma 'Duet'
- Callicarpa dichotoma 'Shiji Murasaki' (Wine Spritzer™)
- Callicarpa dichotoma 'Splashy'
Tropicos also lists Callicarpa dichotoma (Lour.) Raeusch. published in Nomencl. Bot ed. 3:37 in 1797 and annotates as "nom. nud." probably because the listing in Nomencl. Bot. gives no description, just Genus and species. This name is therefore considered illegitimate and a synonym of Callicarpa dichotoma (Lour.) K.Koch.
'Dichotoma' = forked in pairs, repeatedly dividing in two branches (Stearn).