Leycesteria formosa 'Little Lanterns'
(Pheasant Berry) New to us, this is a compact deciduous shrub with handsome golden green leaves and pendulous clusters of pretty red & white flowers in summer. A lovely ornamental specimen shrub which can be grown in a container if required.
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New to us, this is a compact deciduous shrub with handsome golden green leaves and pendulous clusters of pretty white flowers in summer. These flowers are followed by dark purplish-black berries in autumn, popular with wildlife in particular pheasants.
Most suitable for a position in sun or dappled shade..
- Position: Full sun or light, dappled shade.
- Soil: Well drained, fertile soil.Dislikes very wet soils with frequent standing water.
- Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. Can suffer from some die-back after severe cold weather, usually recovers well the following Spring.
- Flowering Period: June - September.
- Flower Colour:Claret red and white.
- Rate of Growth: Moderate.
- Habit: Medium sized, branching shrub with arching stems if left unpruned. Can be pruned
- Height: up to 1 - 1.2 m (3 - 4 ft) once mature.
- Spread: 1.2 m (4ft).
- Notes: Leycesteria formosa 'Little Lanterns' can be pruned hard in early spring to reduce the end size and encourage new growth. It will have a better shape if sheltered from strong winds.
- How Much Sun
- Light Shade, Full Sun
- Eventual Size
- Shrub - Small (less than 1.5m)
- Growing Conditions
- Soil: Not Fussy, Soil: Acid, Soil: Alkaline, Site: Coastal Areas, Soil: Dry/Sandy, Soil: Damp/Wet
- Special Features
- Flowers in Summer, Fruit - Ornamental, Suitable for Containers, Autumn Colour, Foliage - Gold/Yellow