Callicarpa pedunculata – Velvet Leaf

This highly ornamental small to medium shrub makes a great plant for a variety of uses, reaching up to 2m with dense soft green foliage, the flowers and brightly coloured fruits add to its appeal. Flowers through Summer with cascades of purple, pink and white flowers, followed by clusters of purple fruits. Great for attracting wildlife and pollinators, the dense habit provides protection for small birds, and the abundant fruit are an appealing food source for birds and other wildlife.

Family:Verbenaceae
Scientific Name:Callicarpa pedunculata
Common Name:Velvet Leaf
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 3 metre
Width:0.5 ~ 2 metres
Flower Colour:White, Pink, Purple, Mauve
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Cottage garden, Flower garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Needs regular watering
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Screen, Border plant, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Decorative fruit, Honey producing plant, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Seed eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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