Callicarpa bodinieri var

Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion‘, also known as the Beautyberry, is a member of the Lamiaceae family that you can see growing in the second quad of Jesus College – you can get in for free during the day by showing your Bod card. It is a medium-sized, deciduous, upright shrub which will grow to three metres tall. Its leaves are purplish in the spring and turn pink in the autumn, but its most striking feature are the tight clusters of violet-purple berries in the autumn and winter. Not widely grown due to the space it needs, the plant is best planted in tight groups of three to give a good overall shape. A hardy shrub, it prefers full sun or partial shade; it can withstand a fairly exposed site but is happiest in well-drained soil. It originally comes from East and South-east Asia, Australia, Madagascar, South-east North America and South America. It can be propagated by soft wood cuttings in the spring.

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