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PlantFiles: Beautyberry
Callicarpa 'Purple Pearls'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Callicarpa (kal-ee-KAR-puh) (Info)
Cultivar: Purple Pearls
Additional cultivar information: (aka NCCX1, Purple Pearls)

4 vendors have this plant for sale.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DavidLMo On Sep 6, 2014, DavidLMo from St Joseph, MO wrote:

Mine blooms much later - in bloom now. Perhaps cause it is not planted in full sun. Silly me - when I bought it there was no care card and was aware that standard American Beautyberry is not to be planted in full sun.

Oh well - I got it at very end of season clearance @ > 75 % off (always love to get a bargain on proven winners redicuously high priced stuff **). It and another 10 shrubs and hey - it was October 30 and I had to get those babies in the ground.:-) so I could plant my Spring bulbs - all 1,500 of em. Heh. No time for net research.

** I do though understand that PW stuff is expensive cause someone has to pay for their long lead times on bringing stuff to market - in many cases 10 or more years. Well that and their marketing costs which have to be horrendous. :-)

Anyway (Proven Winners) if you are reading this, I love your stuff. Out of many of their products, I only had one problem - the breast cancer hydrangea which bought the farm. But admittedly we had the worst winter in over 30 years in my neck of the woods. Heck I even lost hostas of all things. And that particular hydrangea was week kneed and many folks had problems with it.
Have not seen the berries yet, but the bloom is quite cute.


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

Saint Joseph, Missouri

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