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Purple Passion

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One of my favorite fall shrubs is Callicarpa americana, commonly called beautyberry -a spectacular purple color in the fall garden. A wonderful shrub for full sun or part shade, the birds will use the fruit from the Callicarpa for food as the weather gets colder. When the berries are fully colored, I cut 12-18″ branches from the bush, strip the leaves, and place them in a vase to brighten up the kitchen. They provide color for a month.

Happy in loamy soil,this zone 6 shrub is pest free. Considering planting one of these delightful shrubs, that I have enjoyed in my garden over the past 20 years.

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