Leycesteria formosa, the Himalayan honeysuckle

Himalayan honeysuckle

Himalayan honeysuckle is a shrub with fantastic flowers.

Himalayan honeysuckle facts

Name: Leycesteria formosa
Family: Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle)
Type: shrub

Height: 6 ½ feet (2 meters)
Exposure: full sun, part sun

Soil: ordinary, well drained – Foliage: deciduous –  Flowering: summer, mid-fall

Proper planting, pruning and care ensure the proper development of the Himalayan honeysuckle.

Planting Himalayan honeysuckle

Indifferently, in fall or spring.

Multiply through crown division in fall or through cuttings in spring.

Pruning and caring for Himalayan honeysuckle

himalayan honeysuckle careYou 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.

Afterwards, the shrub is able to find water on its own.

All there is to know about the Himalayan honeysuckle

himalayan honeysuckle leycesteriaThis honeysuckle variety is native to the Himalayan mountain range.

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.

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Smart tip about Himalayan honeysuckle

If you plant during winter, avoid frost and freezing because that might make regrowth in spring impossible.

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