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image2 this is the neighbours that hangs over but I love it and want to get another for my garden 


imageimage3. This one is more like a tree. It has small delicate white flowers in the summer that don't last long. image

Please help with Identifying for me so I can look after them properly! Thanks so much 

Last edited: 26 September 2016 15:51:29


  • The 'tree', is eucryphia x intermedia, I think, from the leaf, which is more leathery than that of  eucryphia x nymansensis, diffcult to be certain from the pictures. It prefers a good bit of soil away from the hottest sun, and off shallow chalky sites. Quite an unusual tree. The flowers shouldn't be such a fleeting show, but that one has suffered, perhaps from drought, where it is.  A good feed and mulch in spring will do it no harm at all.

    The golden leafed shrubby thing is leycesteria formosa 'Golden Lanterns', which will seed itself about quite freely.  Common name, Pheasant Berry.  It'll look after itself, really, but you can prune out much of the older wood in spring.  

    Top one might be a phlox. Can't really tell, sorry. 


  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 3,733

    Agree with the IDs given by Hortum-cretae. The top photo does look like a phlox (with faded flowers) to me too.

    I have an Eucryphia x nymansensis ‘Nymansay’ in my garden, very similar to that one. An interesting and unusual tree, but a bit disappointing. The foliage gets easily scorched in the hot summer sun, the flowers are lovely but the flowering season is quite short. Some photos at

    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • Thanks both - Yes Papi Jo, I agree about the tree being disappointing! The flowers last for only a few days at most!

  • With regard to the pheasant berry that you admire so much, hanging over from your neighbours garden, as stated, it will seed itself in your plot and so, if you have the patience, you can get some for free.  I have the green version and now have three good sized shrubs along with many seedlings, which I pot up and give to other people if they say they like it.

  • pbffpbff Posts: 433

    Leycesteria, as well as looking great, has the added bonus of being edible too (just in case you didn't know)!


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