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anemic callicarpa

I love winter colour in my garden and planted callicarpa profusion a few years back, after seeing the rich purple berries on it, both on TV and in photos. They're growing well and seem healthy until v pallid, lilac-coloured berries appear image Is there any particular treatment I should apply in the growing season to put this right? I feed my plants with tomato fertiliser regularlly and top up the soil with home compost in the spring.


  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..I always admire these plants when I see them but never grown one... apparently they are best grown in full sun... also on 'Profusion' the berries are described as 'rich lilac'... not purple... it is also best to grow more than one variety of these to ensure cross pollination...  so I've read...

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,308

    The only rich purple ones I've seen have been in photos. The reality is often small and mauve. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • floreroflorero Posts: 21

    Thanks for your comments. They are in bathed in sun in a SW facing border. We're talking touched-up photos I guess. I wasn't aware there were more varieties.  I guess it's a case of glossy mags taking me in - but they did feature on a GW about winter plants once and somehow looked more colourful than mine there too... 

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