Saturday, February 02, 2008

Japanese Beautyberry (Unexpected) Propagation

As a follow-up to my prior post about Japanese Beautyberry, I have an unexpected surprise to share with all of you. The Japanese Beautyberry that I cut back in November and put in a vase of water started rooting and sending up new shoots, as you can see in the pictures below. I should replant them now in some soil let them develop better roots inside before planting them outside in the spring.

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jodi said...

Now THAT's impressive. Callicarpa is marginally hardy here, coming back from the ground, and I did get some berries on it last year, but not a lot. might try it in a more sheltered/sunny spot and see how it does.

heirloomgardener said...


I find in my garden that the Japanese Beautyberries produce more berries if you plant several of them together. Since they fruit on new wood, it's okay if they die back or if you coppice them. Let me know how it goes.

-Heirloom Gardener

Anonymous said...

when should I cut back my beautyberry bush? I cut it back hard last April and it doubled in size during the summer and fall. I live in CT. Also wondering if I could try cutting propergation now and if so what should I put in the water?

My bush this winter fed the 5 member bluebird family that I provided a home for this past spring/summer.

heirloomgardener said...


1. You can cut it back anytime between now and when it leafs out.

2. You can propogate it in just water, but it will take a whiile to root. If you want to speed it up, you can use willow water (soak cut up pieces of willow branches in water a few days) or dip the ends of the branches in rooting hormone and then stick them in perlite. Maybe I'll do a longer post on this.

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Tom H said...

So, I live in the same NJ town. Lots of nice info here. I just left a posting on Heavenly Bamboo, kindly respond when possible. How are you working with the chipmunks and deer issues in the area? Even in the winter, chipmunks are eating roots. I lost a few plants to that.

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