Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Early Amethyst’

(Beautyberry, Early Amethyst)


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b

Quick Overview:

‘Early Amethyst’ typically grows to 3-4′ tall and 4-5′ wide. Clusters (cymes) of small, lavender-pink flowers bloom in the leaf axils along the stems in summer. Flowers are followed by large clusters of bright, glossy, amethyst-purple fruits (each 1/8″ diameter) which ripen in late summer and put on their best show through October. Fruits ripen earlier on this cultivar than with species plants, hence the cultivar name. Fruits persist beyond the point of leaf drop but not very far into winter. Fruits are attractive to birds. Elliptic to ovate-elliptic, medium green leaves (to 3″ long) are borne along the stems in a single plane. (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

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Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Best flowering and fruiting is in full sun. Stems can become leggy in too much shade. Some tolerance for drought. Flowers bloom on new wood. Prune as needed in early spring. Most gardeners prefer to prune stems back to 6″ in late winter to early spring each year. Such hard pruning tends to promote shrub compactness and good flowering. Best cross-pollination and resultant fruit production occur when shrubs are planted in groups or massed. (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Beautyberry, Early Amethyst

Botanical Name

Callicarpa dichotoma 'Early Amethyst'


15 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun


to 4 ft.


to 5 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

late spring to early summer

Flower Color




Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


Berry Color


Fall Color

golden yellow

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