The Japanese Beautyberry is a wonderful, forgiving fruiting species that is very popular in Japan and is beginning to gain popularity in the United States. In early summer, they begin flowering with small, unexciting flowers that develop into clusters of beautiful, vibrant purple berries in the fall. Our Beautyberries are grown from cutting which allows them to fruit much sooner than those grown from seed. We have seen them fruit the first year from cutting, but many need an additional year to establish. After they are established, they do not need anything special to fruit. Grown from cutting at Kaede Bonsai-en, these trees are well established in 2 1/4" containers.
Common Name(s): Japanese Beautyberry,
Latin Name: Callicarpa japonica
Type: Deciduous broad-leaf
Native to: Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan
Climate: Hardy in Zones 5-8, this is a great species to get beautiful fruit in colder climates that are less forgiving to many fruiting species. They will need winter protection in the colder end of this range to avoid branch tips dying back.
Care: The Japanese Beautyberry is adaptable to a wide range of conditions, but prefers dappled shade. They do not need much help to fruit and should begin producing fruit within a year of purchase. If you wish to preserve the fruit, protect the plant from birds.
Notes: This is a deciduous tree and therefore will not have foliage during the winter.