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Leycesteria Formosa 'Purple Rain' - Leycesteria, Himalayan Honeysucke

Leycesteria Formosa 'Purple Rain' - Leycesteria, Himalayan Honeysucke

Type Shrub, Deciduous
Size Large Border (1 to 3m height)
Form Spreading arching
Colours Dark green Foliage, Purple Flowers (Summer)
Care Some maintenance required
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Fast growing

This leycesteria produces masses of racemes of purple blossom in mid summer, followed by attractive ruby purple berries which will last into the autumn and winter months.

Cultivation tips: This fast growing shrub will flourish on most soil types, even really troublesome soils like chalk and clay. This golden form will require full sun to be be at its best but it will tolerate part sun. Prune out excessive thick or weak stems in late winter and mulch every 3 years to improve soil fertility.
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