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Care of the tree Callicarpa japonica or Japanese beautyberry.

Care of the tree Callicarpa japonica or Japanese beautyberry

The genus Callicarpa, family Lamiaceae, includes about 170 species of trees distributed throughout Asia, Australia, Central and North America. Some species are: Callicarpa japonica, Callicarpa americana, Callicarpa nudiflora, Callicarpa macrophylla, Callicarpa bodinieri.

Common names: Japanese beautyberry, East Asian beautyberry. This species is native to the Far East.

They are deciduous trees or shrubs with a rounded habit and elegant arching branches that reach almost 2 meters (6.56 feet) in height. The oval leaves with toothed margins are deep green, turning yellow in autumn. They produce small white or pink flowers that are not very decorative. They bloom in early summer. The most decorative are the rounded violet fruits.

Japanese beautyberry is used in bushy groups, as isolated specimens, to form hedges and in public parks. It's not recommended for regions with a Mediterranean climate.

Callicarpa japonica grows in full sun and semi-shade exposures and in temperate and humid climates. It resists frost well.

The soil can be a normal well-drained garden soil with coarse sand and containing organic matter.

Water regularly so that the substrate is always slightly damp but never waterlogged. Callicarpa japonica resists a few days of drought.

Fertilize with compost or manure at the end of winter.

Lightly prune the tips of the branches (about 15 cm/5.9") in late winter or early spring.

East Asian beautyberry does not usually present serious pest and disease problems, but they can be attacked by fungi if watering is excessive.

Japanese beautyberry is propagated by cuttings in spring and from seed sown in a seedbed in autumn or spring.

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Callicarpa japonica
Callicarpa japonica
Callicarpa japonica