Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii 'Profusion'
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- Position: sun or dappled shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil. Can tolerate some lime in the soil.
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
This lovely deciduous shrub has clusters of small pink flowers in midsummer, but it's really prized for the clusters of striking, violet, bead-like berries that appear in autumn and remain after the plant has lost its leaves.The young foliage is often bronze-purple, becoming dark green in summer before turning golden-purple in autumn. Use it to brighten up a border in autumn, or cut the bare branches laden with berries for flower arrangements.
- Garden care: Incorporate plenty of well-rotted organic matter into the planting hole. Prune back stems in early spring, if necessary, cutting back to a permanent framework.
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I live in East Scotland and keep a beauty berry plant inside in my house extension. It has been there for three years but has hardly grown and does not look very happy. It is in full sunlight, regularly watered and fed bio care.
Would the plant be happier outside where our temperature can drop very seriously in our winter ?
If not, is there anything else I can do to help it inside ?
Jimmy.Asked on 25/6/2016 by Jimmy. from Near Perth.
If you have this particular Callicarpa, then it is classified by the RHS as being ''Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)''. I ahve never heard of these being grown as indoor plants, although I do know that some of the other callicarpas are not quite as hardy as this one. I would definitely advise planting this one outside though, as it certainly wont thrive inside - in fact I think you have done remarkably well managing to keep it alive for so long!Answered on 1/7/2016 by Helen from crocus
Q:I planted this plant about 5 yrs ago, mid border, sunny, clay soil. It has grown but is reluctant to show any of the purple berries. Any suggestions why?
ThanksAsked on 20/5/2015 by Joyous from Hampshire
There are a number of reasons why plants do not flower - or go on to produce berries. The most likely reasons are not enough sun, pruning at the wrong time of the year, or insufficient water and nutrients. You can however give it a bit of a push in the right direction by feeding it with Sulphate of Potash, following the instructions on the packet.Answered on 27/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
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