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Callicarpa, the candy tree

Callicarpa, the candy tree

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The callicarpa or candy tree is a beautiful shrub that is equally suited to growing in soil as it is in pots. © Michele Paccione

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Callicarpa bodinieri
Family : Verbenaceae
Type : Shrub

: 2 m
Exposure : Sunny, light partial shade
Ground : Ordinary

: Expired -Flowering : June to July

Easy to maintain, it will amaze you with its pretty berries appearing in the middle of summer and that until the end of winter.

Planting callicarpa

Callicarpa can be planted either in spring or in fall.

Be aware, however, that a fall planting improves recovery and that plant in spring requires more regular watering at the start.

  • A sunny situation is still preferable for fruit formation.
  • Follow our advice planting shrubs.

All very suitable for container culture, it is also interesting in isolation and in shrub beds.

Pruning and maintenance of the callicarpa

The callicarpa, or callicarp, is a fairly easy to maintain shrub that, once properly established, will require no further care.

No size is really essential but a maintenance pruning keeps the port compact

  • Wait until the end of winter to reduce or balance the antlers.
  • Prune the twigs from the previous year to 10 cm from their starting point
  • Remove weak or dead branches
  • Give your callicarpa a nice shape and a compact habit

When it comes to watering, it should be able to do without it when it is well established, but will appreciate being watered the first year after planting and when grown in a pot.

To know about the callicarpa

TheCallicarps are native to North America and Asia and are part of the large lamiaceae family. There are about 150 species of callicarpas.

While summer flowering remains insignificant, this shrub is much better known for its fruits, which appear in the fall and last on the tree for much of the winter.

Even though the leaves eventually fall in the fall, the berries persist and thus decorate the garden or patio during the colder months.

The color of the berries of the callicarpa, pink, purple, mauve and sometimes white, is very original and decorative. But beware, even if we nickname him Candy shrubs, this is only for the color of its fruits because they are absolutely inedible.

Also note that the name Callicarpa comes from the Greekkalli "Beautiful" andkarpos "Fruit".

Smart tip about callicarpa

If you are afraid of severe frost in winter, put it in a pot and put it in a cool, frost-free place.

Video: Candyland Christmas Tree. Decorate with me (June 2022).


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