Native Plant of the Month : Callicarpa pedunculata

Callicarpa pedunculata is a deciduous or semi deciduous shrub found in Australia and parts of Asia and is a member of the Lamiaceae family.

Callicarpa pedunculata grows in and around rainforests in Port Macquarie but is rarely found in the wild.  This led the Community Nursery to propagate it and commence planting it back into suitable sites that Landcare works on.  Landcare nursery volunteer, Roz Anderson, planted one in her garden and the nursery collected seeds from it in an effort to continue the restoration of this beautiful native to our bushland.  

The fruit is a feature leading to its common name Beautyberry
Bird Attracting

This shrub reaches 1 to 3 meters in height and has an attractive display of white, pink and mauve flowers throughout summer, followed by small, purple, bird attracting fruits. The Silvereye is a small bird with a ring of white feathers around the eye. They are found in pairs when breeding, otherwise in small to large flocks. Silvereye has a soft call when feeding and a chip-chip when the flock flies. They move rapidly and due to their soft calls, they are often overlooked.  Invite them to your garden by planting this beautiful plant.

Great as a Lantana replacement

Fast growing, Callicarpa pedunculata requires regular pruning to keep its bushy shape. A spectacular screening plant it is reasonably hardy but dislikes extreme cold or exposure. The shrub requires a sunny position or light dappled shade. It prefers a highly fertile well-drained soil.

Callicarpa pedunculata has a similar look to the Lantana and it is sometimes cited as a “Lantana replacement” or native Lantana. This is something to keep in mind for those who love the pretty pink flowers on the Lantana but want to plant a native alternative.

Available at the Landcare nursery

The nursery has a supply of this plant for just $2.00 and would love to see it being used in backyards around Port Macquarie. Learn more about the nursery at www.landcareportmac.com.au

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