The Himalayan honeysuckle is a fantastic shrub with abundant blooming.
Himalayan honeysuckle facts
Name – Leycesteria formosa
Family – Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle family)
Type – shrub
Height – 6 ½ feet (2 meters)
Exposure – full sun, part sun
Soil – ordinary, well drained
Foliage – deciduous
Flowering – July to October
Proper planting, pruning and care ensure the proper development of the Himalayan honeysuckle.
Planting Himalayan honeysuckle
Indifferently, in fall or spring.
- Follow our guidelines on planting
Pruning and caring for Himalayan honeysuckle
You can cut back lightly each time after the blooming in order to induce branching out.
Reduce and balance out the branches at the end of winter or at the very beginning of spring to promote flowering.
Leycesteria is resistant to most diseases and thus shouldn’t cause you any issues from that point of view.
As for watering, it is important to water regularly during the first 2 years after planting.
All there is to know about the Himalayan honeysuckle
Himalayan honeysuckle is an elegant upright and bushy plant that produces cute drooping and colorful bunches of flowers.
These flowers replenish themselves over and over during summer and will decorate your garden until the month of September.
Its deciduous leafage is a tender green color whereas its stems stay green all year long.
After flowering, cute purple berries appear which are said to taste of caramel and be highly attractive to birds like pheasants.
Set this shrub up as a hedge when preparing a flowered hedge or simply in a shrub bed, small copse or as a standalone.
Smart tip about Himalayan honeysuckle
If you plant during winter, avoid frost and freezing because that might make regrowth in spring impossible.
Read also on the topic of shrubs
- Advice on how to prune shrubs
- Ideas of flowered shrubs for a hedge
- Hedges, great barriers against diseases
- Summer-flowering shrubs
Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Himalayan honeysuckle flower by Lotus Johnson ★ under © CC BY-NC 2.0
Honeysuckle with bee by Rich Bamford under © CC BY-NC-SA 2.0