I saw this plant in a garden in Danville Ohio last year. They didn't have the...

Asked April 25, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

I saw this plant in a garden in Danville Ohio last year. They didn't have the plant labeled so we went to the information area to inquire about it. They didn't know what it was called either, but said that it was not native. I'd like to know what this plant is, and if it will grow for me in California - my zipcode is 92570. Thank you.

Riverside County California

1 Response

The plant in question is commonly known as 'Beautyberry'. The species you saw in Ohio may be different from the ones you will find in California. According to our research, Callicarpa bodinieri giraldii (Callicarpa giraldiana) will grow very nicely in your area and, if happy, should attain a height of 6-10 feet.
For more specific information about cultivating this plant in your zone, you should contact your local extension service. LS
Riverside County
Cooperative Extension Riverside County
21150 Box Springs Road, Ste 202
Moreno Valley, CA 92557-8718
Phone: (951) 683-6491
Fax: (951) 788-2615
Email: ceriverside@ucdavis.edu