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Leycesteria formosa - 'Golden Lanterns' (Leycesteria)

Leycesteria formosa - 'Golden Lanterns' (Leycesteria)
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Type Shrub (Multi-stemmed Plant), Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spreading arching
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Red Flowers (Summer late), Golden Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Leycesteria formosa Description

This Golden leycesteria not only has attractive golden foliage but produces masses of racemes of purple 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. This golden form 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.


Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage


Strengths of Leycesteria formosa:

  • All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
  • Ideal for fast growing screening
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Leycesteria formosa

  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap
  • Invasive top growth

Design & Plant Use for Leycesteria formosa:

  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting
  • Ideal flowering shrub for problem clay soils

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