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Leycesteria formosa

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A handsome relative to our native honeysuckle originating in W. China and E. Tibet, Leycesteria formosa has trailing white and claret flowers in mid to late summer. These lovely flowers are followed by dark purplish-black fruit in autumn, popular with wildlife and pheasants in particular.

An unusual and lovely garden shrub, excellent in a low maintenance border or for a woodland garden.

Supplied Size: 3L containers (30 - 40 cm tall)

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Leycesteria formosa | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Leycesteria formosa | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Leycesteria formosa | Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
Pot SizeTotal Price
3 litres

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Grower Notes

Position: Full sun or partial shade.
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil. Leycesteria formosa dislikes very wet soils with frequent standing water.
Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. Leycesteria formosa can suffer from some die-back after severe cold weather.
Flowering Period: June - September.
Flower Colour: Claret red and white
Rate of Growth: Moderate.
Habit: Leycesteria formosa grows to be a medium sized, branching shrub with arching stems if left unpruned.
Height: 1.5m (5 ft) to 2.5 m (8 ft)
Spread: 2 m (6 ft)

Pruning: Leycesteria formosa can be pruned hard in early spring to reduce the end size and encourage strong new growth.

Plant Finder: about Leycesteria formosa

Common names

Himalayan honeysuckle, Pheasant berry, Flowering nutmeg


Leycesteria formosa (Himalayan honeysuckle). This is a deciduous shrub from the Himalayas, producing blue-green shoots and oval, dark green leaves. In mid summer and early autumn, there are funnel-shaped, purple and white flowers. Purple-black berries are borne.


They are easily grown in any well-drained soil with sun or partial-shade. They are mostly frost hardy. You can propagate from seeds or by removing rooted suckers.

Interest and use

Banks, hedging, specimen, bark, ornamental fruit Summer/Winter interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Leycesteria formosa | Purley, Greater London, CR8 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium, Poor quality
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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Ashby De La Zouch, Derbyshire, LE65
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