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PlantFiles: Variegated Beautyberry
Callicarpa dichotoma 'Duet'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Callicarpa (kal-ee-KAR-puh) (Info)
Species: dichotoma (dy-KAW-toh-muh) (Info)
Cultivar: Duet

Synonym:Callicarpa gracilis
Synonym:Callicarpa purpurea
Synonym:Porphyra dichotoma
Synonym:Callicarpa dichotoma

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Patt52 On Sep 20, 2009, Patt52 from Rydal, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I purchased this shrub in the spring of this year 2009. It has grown to 3-4' easily. It was so easy to grow and looks great with other perennials and shrubs. The berries are not too showy, but still a beautiful plant. I would recommend it to anyone.

Neutral BajaBlue On May 26, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This splendid beautyberry was discovered in 2000 as a branch sport on C. dichotoma 'Albifructus' at Tennessee Technological University by Dr. Gary Bachman and Mr. Edgar Davis. C. 'Duet' makes a 6' tall x 6' wide specimen in 5 years. Finally released by the US National Arboretum in 2006, the narrow leaves are edged in yellow, which ages to creamy white by late summer. The plants are then adorned with clusters of white fruit, which ring the branches starting in September. Callicarpa 'Duet' is easy to grow in both moist and dry soils...simply superb!

Origin: Asia


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Buford, Georgia
Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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