This stuff has appeared behind my Dad's garage and in his flower beds this year, it is growing very quickly, anyone any idea what it is?
Himalayan Honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa) I think. NOT Japanese knotweed thankfully!
It's pretty so he wants to leave it, as long as it's not overly invasive or damaging, think it would be ok?
As long as you cut it back hard in the spring (similar to buddleia) so it doesn't grow too big it should be fine.
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Not a thug here. I had one which was happy, grew well, flowered well and had a baby, which I was pleased about, and then one hard winter I lost both.
Blackbirds love the fruit, which is a bonus.
I have a golden leaved variety that appeared in the garden.It grows to about 4ft each year and I cut it back to 6" in the spring.I seem to remember that the fruits are edible, and I have tried them. A bit like a bland nutmeg flavour.
One of its alternative names is Himalayan flowering nutmeg Pete, so that makes sense.
Cheers Bob - you live and learn..