Japanese Beautyberry Characteristics
Japanese Beautyberry are large ornamental shrubs with elegantly arching foliage. Established plants have some drought tolerance. Pruning is necessary to encourage new growth. Foliage is often cut back to only 6" above the ground in late winter each year. This will make way for new growth and help to keep the plant tidy. Flowers and berries bloom on new growth, so cutting away old foliage will not affect flowering. The berries are edible to humans and can be made into jams or spreads.
Japanese Beautyberry has few serious disease or insect vulnerability. Leaf spot, stem disease, and black mold are all possible. Foliage may die back in harsh winters. Pruning in late winter will encourage new growth in spring.