Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) 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)
On Oct 17, 2009, Rockysgarden from Lisbon United States wrote:
Grows great without any special care. I do not cut it back unless it starts taking over my driveway. It is prolific with seedlings which I have transplanted to other parts of my yard. When first planted my children had a couple of small pets ho had passed away from old age so they are buried underneath. My bush is only 4 years old and is putting up branches over my head. I am 5'8" tall. There are 4 seedlings that I still need to transplant.
This plant must be cut back to almost ground level early in the spring or it won't set flowers or have berries. It is very late in sending up shoots so don't be impatient. As long as I cut it back, I have had it loaded with berries - it sets them from the middle of Sept. until the birds eat them all.
It is a beautiful plant with the leaves turning a bright green in the fall. Loaded with the bright purple berries, it is stunning this time of the year.
I'm not very impressed with this variety in Z5 / Chicago area. It needs a longer summer.
I've had this for 2 yrs, and both years overnight temps got too low too early for good berry set. Bush is in full sun, but the north half of the bush developed only a few berries & these didn't mature fast enough to survive our first frost - they turned brown & dried-up.
South side of bush has more berries and these turned purple, but they're so tiny they aren't visable. (This bush should probally be planted in front of a white wall for berries to show.)
Full sun is recommended, but foliage would really benefit from some afternoon shade during hot part of summer, but this would probally reduce berries even more.
Don't grow this for the flowers - they're too small to be seen.
And it dies back to the ground in winter in this area.
Anyways, it's coming out in the spring.
On Nov 11, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
This particular variety sets fruit before most other beautyberry varieties. It is lovely in form and color, with bright purple berries in fall. Prune in winter after the leaves have fallen off. Prefers well-drained soil.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Canton Center, Connecticut Dahlonega, Georgia Sandy Springs, Georgia Galva, Illinois Palatine, Illinois Jamestown, Indiana Oak Park, Indiana South China, Maine Berwyn Heights, Maryland Woodbine, Maryland Dracut, Massachusetts Galesburg, Michigan Cainsville, Missouri Henrietta, New York Uniontown, Ohio Ambler, Pennsylvania Mc Clure, Pennsylvania Millersburg, Pennsylvania West Chester, Pennsylvania Algood, Tennessee Lexington, Virginia Linden, Virginia Five Corners, Washington Seattle, Washington