at Digging Dog
Cherished by birds and gardeners alike, these deciduous, hollow-stemmed Himalayan shrubs bestow a long lasting floral and berry spectacle that extends until frost. Undemanding in any fertile soil, Leycesteria’s tall stalks appreciate an extra thick layer of winter mulch in colder climates, where they may die to the ground, but will rapidly leap skyward in the spring.
This Nepalese woodland shrub is adorned first with clusters of white-tipped, tubular pink flowers surrounded by beet red bracts. Later, its fruit matures into shiny chocolate- brown berries that taste like caramel-flavored raisins. Its pointed, heart-shaped leaves extend stiffly from bamboolike, sea-green stems. We plant it as a specimen next to walkways so that we can enjoy the colorful details.
Blooms August – October.
Size: 6' high x 4' wide; hardy to zone 7.
Leycesteria formosa (S-0274)
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