Issai Beautyberry (Callicarpa dichotoma ‘Issai’) most often grows 2-4 ft. tall and wide. ‘Issai’ is a small, rounded, deciduous shrub. Primarily included in the landscape for its showy fall display of lilac-violet fruit which ripens in September and put on their best show through October. Fruits persist beyond the point of leaf drop but not very far into winter. This cultivar primarily differs from the species by growing shorter, fruiting heavier and producing fruit at an earlier age (‘Issai’ means fruiting in early years). Features long, arching branches and yellow-green fall foliage, but its most striking feature is the clusters of glossy, iridescent-purple fruit. Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil. Flowers and fruits best in full sun. Stems can become leggy in too much shade. Some tolerance for drought. Flowers bloom on new wood. Prune as needed in early spring. Prune stems back to 6” in late winter to early spring each year. Hard pruning tends to promote shrub compactness and good flowering. Stems may die back to the ground in harsh winters with new growth emerging from the roots in spring. Best cross-pollination and resultant fruit production occur when shrubs are planted in groups.
Full sun to partial shade is recommended.
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