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Leycesteria formosa - 'Linda' (Himalayan Honeysuckle)

Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous, Flowering
Form Upright Taller-Growing Clump
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Red Flowers (Summer), Light green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Leycesteria formosa Description

Leycesteria is usually planted for its speed of establishment and the masses of racemes of red blossom in mid summer, followed by attractive ruby purple berries.

Leycesteria formosa - Cultivation Notes

This fast growing shrub will flourish on most soil types, even really troublesome soils like chalk and clay. Leycesteria will require full sun to be be at its best but it will tolerate part sun. Prune out excessive thick or weak stems in late winter and mulch every 3 years to improve soil fertility. Also be prepared for this plant to self seed and spread, which can make this plant a bit of a weed if you fall out with it.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Leycesteria formosa:

  • Attracts wildlife to feed or nest
  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Suitable for container growing
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Design & Plant Use for Leycesteria formosa:

  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils

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Common Missspellings: Leycisteria, Laycestaria, Leycesterea, Laycisterea

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