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Callicarpa dichotoma (Issai Beautyberry)

Issai Beautyberry

Callicarpa dichotoma 'Issai'


Compared to the American Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana), Japanese Beautyberry has a more compact and uniform shape, making it a more manageable ornamental plant for any landscape. It is tolerant of poor soil quality as long as it’s provided good drainage, and withstands urban environments very well.

The arching branches give Japanese Beautyberry an attractive rounded compact habit; the emerald green foliage emerges mid spring and is narrow, reaching up to four inches in length. Light pink flowers in the spring are shortly followed by green berries that turn an attractive lavender-purple in the late summer. The berries are quite numerous, and pull the branches closer to the ground – take care not to play anything too close as it will be blocked from the sun.

No serious pest or disease issues; blooms only on new growth, so be sure to prune in the winter to ensure the best unformed berry display for the next season. 

Accent Plant
Ornamental Fruit Shrub
Flower Bed Specimen

Flower Color:

Light Pink



5 Feet



5 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 6a

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Full Sun to Part Shade
Water Needs