Best of the bunch: Calicarpa bodinieri

Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion'.
Callicarpa bodinieri 'Profusion'.
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This medium-sized deciduous shrub which grows to 3m (10ft) is valued for its stunning bright violet berries which appear in autumn and are often used in flower displays.

Also known as the beauty berry, it has bronze foliage in spring and clusters of pinky-purple flowers throughout summer. Callicarpa can be evergreen or deciduous with simple, opposite leaves and tiny white pink or purple flowers in clusters, followed by small, usually colourful fruits.

Several shrubs grown together ensures pollination for successful fruiting. For best results, grow them in fertile well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.