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Pearl Glam® Beautyberry Callicarpa x

Exposure
  • Sun
Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
5' 4' 1.5m 1.2m
Height: 4' - 5'
Spread: 3' - 4'
Height: 1.2m - 1.5m
Spread: 91cm - 1.2m
  • Details

    48 - 60 Inches
    28 - 40 Inches
    36 - 48 Inches
    1.2m - 1.5m
    71cm - 1.0m
    91cm - 1.2m

    Features

    Glamour for the landscape!

    Don't settle for a beautyberry that only struts its stuff in autumn - demand one that does more. Pearl Glam® callicarpa is showy starting in spring, with dark purple foliage from the get-go. Late summer brings white flowers that yield violet-purple berries by the hundreds. Upright habit makes this a space-saver compared to more conventional beautyberry varieties, too. 

    Top three reasons to grow Pearl Glam® beautyberry:
    - dark purple foliage from spring to frost
    - dozens of orchid-colored berries in fall
    - upright, space-saving habit

    Produces Berries
    Foliage Interest
    Fall Interest
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Resists: 
    Deer

    Characteristics

    Plant Type: 
    Shrub
    Shrub Type: 
    Deciduous
    Height Category: 
    Medium
    Garden Height: 
    48 - 60 Inches 1.2m - 1.5m
    Spacing: 
    28 - 40 Inches 71cm - 1.0m
    Spread: 
    36 - 48 Inches 91cm - 1.2m
    Flower Colors: 
    White
    Foliage Colors: 
    Purple
    Foliage Shade: 
    Purple
    Habit: 
    Upright
    Container Role: 
    Thriller

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Sun

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Easy
    Blooms On: 
    New Wood
    Bloom Time: 
    Summer through Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
    Water Category: 
    Average
    Uses: 
    Border Plant
    Uses: 
    Good for Screening
    Uses: 
    Landscape
    Uses: 
    Mass Planting
    Uses: 
    Specimen or Focal Point
    Maintenance Notes: 

    Pearl Glam beautyberry does not need a pollinator to set fruit; one plant is sufficient for a good crop. Prune, if desired, in early spring, and remove any dead wood at that point as well. Plant may experience some dieback each year in colder zones, but it will resprout from the ground and still flower and fruit that year.

    Fun Facts: 

    Callicarpa is believed to repel mosquitoes, and the North American species, C. americana, has been used this way through the South throughout history.

    Pearl Glam® Callicarpa x 'NCCX2' USPP 28,312
  • 20 Reviews

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    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I planted two of these in full sun in my zone 7B Georgia garden. After 14 months, one looked great, with berries and foliage just like that pictured. The other was struggling so I removed the pine straw from around the base and discovered much of the soil had washed away from the roots. This obviously was not the plant's fault so I replaced it with another! I've experienced no suckering from the other one. It's a moderate grower and just as pretty as the pictures. They were planted 18 months ago on a slope and I have found they need a bit more water because of this.

      Cooking Gardener
      , 35 weeks ago
    • I planted three of these three years ago - they are VERY slow starters. The berries are tiny, the photo makes the berries appear much larger and the color much more brilliant than in my landscape. The shrub is still quite ‘thin’ - tall, but has not filled out very much. I am hopeful for the large shrubs in the photos in a few years!

      Linda
      , 38 weeks ago
    • I wanted to love this plant since purple is my favorite color and my house has purple trim, but this plant purchased in 2016 has been a disappointment. It is barely larger than it was when I received it as a one gallon plant. It does get purple berries that are pretty, but the plant is so small that you have to be on top of them to see them. I will probably give up on it and pull it out after the berries are gone in the fall. It just doesn't add anything to my garden. I wouldn't recommend it.

      Kristin
      , New York
      , United States
      , 39 weeks ago
    • Planted 6 last summer, doesn’t look as if they made it through the winter. Zone5b, Chicago.

      Sara
      , Illinois
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Delighted with my gallon size transplant!The middle of October here in CT and it is covered in the most lovely plum colored berries

      Lynn Stern
      , Connecticut
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I planted two of these in my zone 5B garden in summer 2021. I chased them down, calling multiple nurseries because I was so enchanted. The berries were stunning last summer. I thought the two shrubs hadn’t survived our winter but learned that Pearl Glam is very late to emerge (please add this to your description!). They’ve grown pretty well this summer and both currently have small berries forming (it’s October 1st). I’m hoping for a good Berry show this fall and more growth next year. I may plant tall amaranth nearby for the height and color I was craving in my garden. The jury is still out on the long term success of Pearl Glam for me.

      Granite Meg
      , New Hampshire
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I planted two of these in my zone 5B garden in summer 2021. I chased them down, calling multiple nurseries because I was so enchanted. The berries were stunning last summer. I thought the two shrubs hadn’t survived our winter but learned that Pearl Glam is very late to emerge (please add this to your description!). They’ve grown pretty well this summer and both currently have small berries forming (it’s October 1st). I’m hoping for a good Berry show this fall and more growth next year. I may plant tall amaranth nearby for the height and color I was craving in my garden. The jury is still out on the long term success of Pearl Glam for me.

      Granite Meg
      , New Hampshire
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Planted in 2019 and it grew beautiful little purple berries. This year (2020) this plant has struggled to achieve any berries. I did learn the plant has to be pruned back in late winter so maybe that's the issue of why it's not growing as well? I'm not ready to give up on this gorgeous plant just yet!

      Andrea
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • I'm extremely happy with this plant. With twice daily minimal watering and bi-monthly vitamin boosts it has adjusted quite well to the high desert heat and direct sun. I'm anxiously anticipating the bright berry phase, although the white flowers add a subtle flair to my landscape. In addition, there are several traditional Indigenous medicinal uses for this plant, including uses as an excellent insect repellent.

      Serafin
      , Arizona
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
    • Gorgeous! But this plant needs a lot of room. It also puts down roots on branches that touch the ground and will run everywhere. It's one step away from invasive. But it is gorgeous all year round.

      Martha Shinley
      , Arkansas
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
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