Every plant has its beautiful sides, of course, but if you are looking for an eye-catcher of a really special kind for your garden, the impressive love pearl shrub ( Callicarpa bodinieri ) is without question exactly the right choice. While most shrubs with berries by red, orange or yellow tones or white berry colors captivates the love pearl tree with a dreamlike purple. Today we will introduce you to this interesting shrub – for which location it is best suited, whether the berries are poisonous and some other interesting facts. So you are familiar with the most important things before you plant the love pearl shrub.
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Planting and caring for love bead shrub
If you have now spontaneously decided that you want to plant a love pearl bush, we are not surprised. But, of course, you should first familiarize yourself with its conditions, to learn whether you can give it the right location and care.
What is the ideal location?
Give the love pearl bush a location that is sunny or at least very bright and warm. So it needs a sheltered place, as cold winds would harm it. The soil is ideally low in lime and permeable. This makes it an ideal planting partner for:
- Fan maple ( Acer-palmatum ) varieties.
- Feather bush shrubs ( Fothergilla )
- Spring spirea ( Spiraea thunbergii )
- Wreath spirea ( Stephanandra )
- False hazel ( Corylopsis )
- Witch hazel ( Hamamelis )
These shrubs also complement the pretty beauty fruit in terms of color.
How to care for the shrub
- Watering: love pearl shrub care includes, among other things, proper watering. Water it regularly, but not too much, because it does not tolerate prolonged periods of drought or waterlogging. So if there is a lack of rain for a longer period of time, you can help it out.
- Fertilizer: There are no special requirements with regard to fertilizing. The beauty fruit gets along wonderfully without regular fertilizing, so that you only have to provide it with compost when planting. In spring you can give it humus once.
- Pruning: This plant is not particularly pruning tolerant. For this reason, you should only prune your love pearl shrub sparingly and avoid radical pruning altogether. For one thing, you should know that the flowers always appear on the two-year-old wood. So pruning would result in no flowers appearing on the new shoots the first year after. Instead, prune it only lightly every three years and in the summer for thinning. You may also cut off individual branches with berries if you want to use them for decoration.
However, if your shrub has grown too bare, you may stimulate its growth by pruning it a little more. You can do this in February.
When does the love pearl shrub bloom?
The ornamental shrub has ordinary green leaves during spring and summer. Then, from July to September, the small, purple flowers appear, which subsequently develop into the attractive purple berries on the shrub. At the same time, however, the leaves change color and acquire a beautiful autumn color .
Is the love pearl shrub hardy?
In principle, it is, but only after the first three years. Before that, it does not tolerate frost so well, so after you plant the love bead shrub, provide it with winter protection. The area of the trunk is best protected with fleece or compost. Bark mulch is also suitable. Despite these protective measures, some branches may freeze back. In this case, remove the dead branches – but only in the spring, when other cuts are allowed (usually February).
Interesting facts about the Chinese beauty fruit
Learn some interesting facts about this attractive garden shrub below.
How the shrub with purple berries got its name.
Don’t you think that the berries somehow look like delicious candies? This is exactly the reason for the interesting name of the shrub. Because, actually, the shrub is called “fair fruit”. But since the berries resemble sugar pearls, the berry bush got this nickname.
Is the love pearl shrub edible or poisonous?
Don’t let the name fool you because, as appetizing as they may look, the purple fruits are not edible. The berries of the love pearl bush are poisonous, but only in large quantities. Otherwise, they are merely incompatible for humans and for a number of animals. However, if you plant the love pearl bush, you do not need to worry about the birds, because they have now learned to snack even from this non-native shrub and tolerate the fruits very well.
Planting love bead shrub with great benefits – The perfect insect fighter.
Another important plus, in addition to its aesthetics, is that the beauty fruit is perfect to repel pesky insects such as mosquitoes and even ticks. The reason for this is certain active ingredients in the leaves of the plant. Ants also avoid the shrub.