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Has any one any ideas what this bush/tree is?









  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 82,724

    Himalayan honeysuckle - leycesteria formosa image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • I don't know what it is but I want one - it's gorgeous!
  • KezzaKezza Posts: 90


    I agree leycesteria image.  I brought one from my old house to the present one when I moved in the middle of last winter.  It was a foot high when I first had it, and has now shot up to nearly 6 foot !  It went through a very cold scottish winter, wrapped in nothing but an old shower curtain and the absolute minimum of soil in the corner of the garden !!!  I planted it out in the spring, and this year it's growing really well, abundent with flowers, which have now gone over to plump black berries.  image

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,913

    It's also called pheasant berry because game birds (in fact all birds) love the berries.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • is it evergreen?


  • Wow thank you for that. i did plant a honeysuckle a couple.of years ago but forgot all about it. I can buy some more now i know what it is. My soil is all clay and i find it difficult to grown anything but this is so strong n prolific with flowers. The berries are gorgeous this time of year n the birds do go mad for them.. 

    Thank you all so much for solving my puzzleimage

  • KezzaKezza Posts: 90

    Hi kernowgirl2

    Mine drops all its leaves in the winter, so I always fret that it'll not go through the freezing Scottish winters, snow, frost, but it has always bounced back.  I just tidy up the dead looking bits in the spring and away it goes again - leaves, bunches of those lovely flowers and finally the big fat berries image

  • I have acid soil (rhodedendrums, azalias love it and so does the leycesteria.  It self seeds in abundance and because it puts on so much growth in a season is great for filling in. 

  • that's what it is ,I grew mine from seed and it has grown into a bush which I cut back in spring and like anything Japanese it  will take over if you imagedon't cut it back,pretty as it is.

  • I have one of these poped up in my front garden in the past 2 years, its a monster.

    It grows like a weed, has hollow bamboo like canes, its huge. The first year it was nice and I trimmed it back, this year its about 15ft high, and out of control. The flowers  die off to produce a berry (with seeds). 

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