Saturday, 2 November 2013

Autumn at Harlow Carr - 4

Here we see a most unusual - though very attractive shrub with purple berries.

Beautyberry shrubs grow up to 4 feet tall, with a slightly greater spread. The arching branches bear pinkish to light purple flowers in summer, which mature into their signature light purple berries in autumn (although the albafructus variety produces white berries). The fall foliage of Callicarpa dichotoma is yellow.

This specimen was particularity attractive because the leaves were still basically green - thus showing off the purple berries to best effect.

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