Another Perfect Plant: Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’

Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii ‘Profusion’ is one of many cultivars and species of Callicarpa, but this one seems to do the best in the Pacific Northwest. Nondescript in form when planted in full sun this plant shines in the fall when the berries ripen into a gorgeous, unusual purple color. A Chinese native, ‘Profusion’ has not been found to be edible. Its American relative, Callicarpa americana, has historically been used to produce jelly or wine and is being evaluated for potential to be used as a natural insect repellent. Go easy on the foraging, Callicarpa berries have also been known to cause some level of gastric distress. Relatively easy to grow and establish ‘Profusion’ fruits better when planted in groups to encourage cross pollination.


References

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a779

http://www.eattheweeds.com/beautyberry-jelly-on-a-roll/

http://www.pacifichorticulture.org/articles/icallicarpai/

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/07/060703091932.htm


Photo reference:

http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/411/profusion-beautyberry/

Paul Cady

Paul is a landscape designer with a professional background in public horticulture. His years of experience maintaining both public and private gardens provide an informed perspective on choosing, arranging, and placing plants in the landscape. He is committed to creating landscapes that will survive and thrive over time through making informed plant choices and developing written landscape management plans.