Name: Callicarpa Purple Pearls® aka Callicarpa x ‘NCCX1’ USPP 26,000 aka purple pearls beautyberry.
Type of Plant: This is a beautyberry that is a deciduous shrub. It grows four to five feet tall and wide, and does the best in full sun. Hardy in zones 5-8.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: I’ve always loved purple beautyberry, but many varieties are pretty boring in the landscape until fall. Not so the Purple Pearls! This plant has much to recommend it. The growth habit is more upright than many beautyberry shrubs, and the foliage is purple! So you get foliage color in the garden all season, along with dainty pink flowers much of the summer.
A Word to the Wise: Don’t shear this plant! Place it in the landscape where it can grow its full size without trimming it down, since it’s the natural, vase like shape that shows off the flowers and fall berries the best.
In colder areas this might die to the ground over the winter, but will grow back from the roots in the spring.