Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii is a deciduous shrub. It is part of the Lamiaceae family of plants. They also call it Bodinier’s Beautyberry. It is native to West and Central China.
It is named after Émile-Marie Bodinier(1842-1901), a French missionary, and botanist. He collected plants in Asia. Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii grows to about 10ft or 3m tall. The foliage is a dark green that turns red in autumn. It flowers in summer.
The flowers are purple or lilac growing on the leaf axils. After flowering, it produces purple berries which are very attractive. Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii berries are bitter but not poisonous.
How to grow Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii:
Grow Callicarpa bodinieri var. giraldii in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in rich and fertile but well-draining soil. Propagate by softwood or semi–hardwood cuttings. It is generally disease-free and pest-free.