Plant Care purple beautyberry

purple beautyberry

About purple beautyberry

Purple beautyberry is a small, compact, deciduous, woody shrub with showy, ornamental fruits that may last long after the shrub has dropped its leaves for winter. It is a native of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. It has been introduced in the United States and Taiwan, but it's not widely available. It's easy to grow and low maintenance, 2 to 4 feet tall and prefers full sun.


Callicarpa dichotoma

Also known as

purple beautyberry and early amethyst

How to care for purple beautyberry


How often to water your purple beautyberry

Water needs for purple beautyberry
0.5 cups
every 9

purple beautyberry needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of purple beautyberry

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for purple beautyberry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Growing purple beautyberry in Philadelphia right now

Light needs for plant purple beautyberry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Plant growth potential is currently very low 📉

December 7th, 2021

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Philadelphia is currently very low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in…

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Light needs for plant purple beautyberry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 26% ☀️

December 5th, 2021

Philadelphia is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Philadelphia is expected to decrease by 26% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 6.7 megajoules of energy per…

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Light needs for plant purple beautyberry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Daylight will decrease by 0.9 hours 📉

December 6th, 2021

This month, Philadelphia is getting an average of 7.9 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 9.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.2 total hours of …

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Finding light for purple beautyberry in your home

Light needs and placement for plant purple beautyberry: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

purple beautyberry love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ⛅.

purple beautyberry does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize purple beautyberry

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for purple beautyberry: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your purple beautyberry after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot purple beautyberry

Nutrient needs for plant purple beautyberry in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

December 6th, 2021

The growing potential in Philadelphia is very low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's bes…

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Difficulty Level

purple beautyberry is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
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Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for purple beautyberry

purple beautyberry

purple beautyberry

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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