The genus Callicarpa L. (Verbenaceae J. St-Hil.) consists of ≈140 species found mainly in tropical and subtropical Asia, but with a few members native to tropical America and Africa and temperate Asia and North America (Chen and Gilbert, 1994). Commonly known as beautyberries, several species of Callicarpa are cultivated as garden plants. They are grown primarily for their ornamental fruits (drupes), which are typically violet to purple in color, ripen in early autumn, and persist for a short time after leaf drop (Dirr, 1998). Although they generally lack ornamental appeal when ripe fruit are absent, beautyberries are easy to grow and do not suffer from any major disease or insect problems.
Callicarpa dichotoma (Lour.) K. Koch, purple beautyberry, is often considered one of the best species for American gardens (Dirr, 1998). It is less coarse in appearance and has greater cold hardiness than American (C. americana L.) or Japanese (C. japonica Thunb.) beautyberry. Although the wild-type C. dichotoma has purple fruit, a white-fruited cultivar (C. dichotoma ‘Albifructus’) is available in the trade. Reported here is a sport of C. dichotoma ‘Albifructus’ with variegated foliage, a new trait that adds summer interest to this deciduous shrub.
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