Leycesteria formosa Golden Lanterns ('Notbruce'PBR)
Himalayan honeysuckle [Golden Lanterns]
A vigorous, upright, clump-forming shrub with hollow stems. Emerging growth is orange paling to bright golden yellow foliage all season and in sun. Inflorescences are pendulous with dark bracts and white tubular flowers protuding in summer followed by dark purplish black fragrant berries attractive to birds.
Ultimate height1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height5–10 years
Ultimate spread1.5–2.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained, Well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
|Spring||Orange Gold Yellow|
|Summer||Red White||Gold Yellow|
- Full sun
- Partial shade
North–facing or South–facing or East–facing or West–facing
- Native to the UK
- Bushy, Clump forming, Columnar upright
- Potentially harmful
- Not toxic, but fruits may stain floors and clothing
Leycesteria are deciduous shrubs with hollow stems, simple leaves and terminal and axillary racemes of tubular flowers, followed by fleshy berries
- Name status
How to grow
Thrives in free-draining soil in sun or semi-shade in a sheltered location such as woodland. Heavy wet soils are to be avoided.
Easy to propagate by seed and softwood cuttings, often self seeds.
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Cottage and informal garden
- Patio and container plants
- Low Maintenance
- Flower borders and beds
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