Parent: Callicarpa dichotoma
Category: Shrub - Deciduous
Zones: 5 to 8
Size: 6' tall, 6.5' wide in 4 years
Growth Rate: Moderate
Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade
Yellow and green variegated leaves, yellow margins. Rounded form. Stable variegation. Flowers are inconspicuous. Berries are white and ripen in September but the plant is grown primarily for its foliage. Needs a little shade in zone 8.
Introduced by the U.S. National Arboretum in cooperation with Tennessee Technological University in November 2006. A variegated sport of Callicarpa dichotoma 'Albifructus' was found at Tennessee Technological University in 2000 and was sent to the U.S. National Arboretum for testing and evaluation in 2002. It is the first stable variegated beautyberry.
I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Nurseries Caroliniana in August 2008 and potted it up to a 3-gallon. It was planted in the ground in August 2009 in a position getting full sun until 2 p.m. It has grown consistently and been trouble-free, keeping a fairly rounded form. After 2 summers I have not noticed any berries.