Leycesteria formosa

Himalayan honeysuckle

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Outstanding Qualities

This vigorously growing shrub has a wild exuberance that is perfect for mixing with perennials or placing in a shrub border. Quick growing arching stems start flowering in mid summer and continue until early autumn. The chains of flowers are a lovely mix of dark red and white. In fall the fruit matures to a deep maroon and is quite striking. It is very easy to grow and adaptable to many garden situations.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: round shrub

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 7 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun, light to open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering during dry months

Seasonal Interest: From mid summer to late fall the flowers and fruit look their best.

Wildlife Associations: birds

Resistant to: slug, snail

Colors & Combos

Great Plant Combinations: Clematis ‘Etoile Violette’, Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’, Rosa ‘Autumn Sunset’, Weigela florida ‘Variegata’, Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’

Great Color Contrasts: cream, pink, purple, yellow

Great Color Partners: burgundy, red

Culture Notes
Himalayan honeysuckle grows and flowers best in full sun to light or open shade. It is very adaptable to soil conditions, growing well in moist to well drained sites and tolerating sandy or clay situations. Once established it only needs occasional watering during dry periods. It is easy to prune. Weak and twiggy old growth can be removed in winter. If the shrub becomes too large, it can be cut to 12 to 18 inches tall in late winter and allowed to regrow the next season. Two to three years of recovery should be allowed after it has been cut to the ground.