Beauty Berry, Velvet Leaf (Callicarpa pedunculata)
Open shrub to 4 metres (often less), with long drooping branches.
Fertilise regularly for best appearance.
Sun or dappled sun/shade.
Not fussy about soil.
Water until established and in extreme dry or heat.
Prune strongly after fruiting to avoid it becoming straggly.
Small pale pink flowers followed by bunches of lustrous purple berries.
Rainforests and margins, open forest.
Berries are bird attracting.
When in fruit this shrub is very decorative, at other times it blends in to the vegetation.
Very easy to prune, so can be kept small.