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PlantFiles: White Beautyberry
Callicarpa dichotoma 'Albifructus'

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

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

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ButterflyGardnr On Nov 12, 2004, ButterflyGardnr from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Callicarpa americana var. albifructa is believed to be a mutation of the purple berried variety. Notice that the clusters of white berries have much fewer berries than the purple ones. The white berries are also about twice the size of the purple ones. Both the purple and white berried Beautyberry have white or pale pink/lavender flowers and the unripe berries are green

Neutral smiln32 On Nov 11, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This variety has white berries instead of the vibrant purple ones. This is a very fast grower. Prune in winter. It has long slender arching branches. Lovely form.


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

Tampa, Florida
Barbourville, Kentucky
Conway, South Carolina

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