Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Issai’
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This beautyberry cultivar is a small, rounded, deciduous shrub which typically grows 2-4′ tall and is primarily included in the landscape for its showy fall display of lilac-violet fruit. Long, arching, slender branches dip downward often to touch the ground. Clusters (cymes) of small, pink to lavender flowers bloom in the leaf axils along the stems in summer. Flowers are followed by clusters of lilac-violet fruits (each 1/8″ diameter) which ripen in September and put on their best show through October. Fruits persist beyond the point of leaf drop but not very far into winter. Elliptic to obovate green leaves (1-3″ long) turn yellow in fall. One of the best ornamental fruiting shrubs. This cultivar primarily differs from the species by growing shorter, fruiting heavier and producing fruit at an earlier age.