BUT... when its berries form and adopt their disctinctive colour in late August / early September, I have to admit that Callicarpa fully redeems itself. It produces a huge mass of tiny yellowish / white flowers which eventually turn into small purple berries.
In the early Autumn, the leaves turn a reddish bronze colour.
Then the leaves drop completely, emphasising the berries even more.
And of course the berries will eventually fall too (those that aren't eaten by the birds), and the cycle comes full-circle. I'm left with a bare straggly shrub that I'm tempted to cut down altogether! If I didn't have my photographic record of this plant, its would probably be on the Disposals list right now.