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26/10/2012 at 07:29

Has any one any ideas what this bush/tree is?


26/10/2012 at 07:46

Himalayan honeysuckle - leycesteria formosa 

26/10/2012 at 09:15
I don't know what it is but I want one - it's gorgeous!
26/10/2012 at 11:05


I agree leycesteria .  I brought one from my old house to the present one when I moved in the middle of last winter.  It was a foot high when I first had it, and has now shot up to nearly 6 foot !  It went through a very cold scottish winter, wrapped in nothing but an old shower curtain and the absolute minimum of soil in the corner of the garden !!!  I planted it out in the spring, and this year it's growing really well, abundent with flowers, which have now gone over to plump black berries. 

26/10/2012 at 17:38

It's also called pheasant berry because game birds (in fact all birds) love the berries.

26/10/2012 at 19:43

is it evergreen?


26/10/2012 at 19:59

Wow thank you for that. i did plant a honeysuckle a couple.of years ago but forgot all about it. I can buy some more now i know what it is. My soil is all clay and i find it difficult to grown anything but this is so strong n prolific with flowers. The berries are gorgeous this time of year n the birds do go mad for them.. 

Thank you all so much for solving my puzzle

29/10/2012 at 08:37

Hi kernowgirl2

Mine drops all its leaves in the winter, so I always fret that it'll not go through the freezing Scottish winters, snow, frost, but it has always bounced back.  I just tidy up the dead looking bits in the spring and away it goes again - leaves, bunches of those lovely flowers and finally the big fat berries

29/10/2012 at 14:00

I have acid soil (rhodedendrums, azalias love it and so does the leycesteria.  It self seeds in abundance and because it puts on so much growth in a season is great for filling in. 

29/10/2012 at 20:14

that's what it is ,I grew mine from seed and it has grown into a bush which I cut back in spring and like anything Japanese it  will take over if you don't cut it back,pretty as it is.

22/12/2012 at 07:52

I have one of these poped up in my front garden in the past 2 years, its a monster.

It grows like a weed, has hollow bamboo like canes, its huge. The first year it was nice and I trimmed it back, this year its about 15ft high, and out of control. The flowers  die off to produce a berry (with seeds). 

22/12/2012 at 09:43

That's weird, it doesn't normally grow more than 2.5 metres and that takes about 5 years.

22/12/2012 at 10:01

2.5 meters is bigger than its ever got for me. Might be because bits always die off in winter and get cut to base in spring.

22/12/2012 at 11:32
Am I the only one who doesn't like this plant? Maybe because it's often grown in the wrong place....e.g. A friend has it only a metre from her front door. It seeds everywhere and bullies any and all neighbouring plants. I don't think it's related to honeysuckle it? Someone will tell me
22/12/2012 at 11:41

same family caprifoliaceae, different genus

Can't say I like them much but that may be because they don't do well here. Seed around as you say but to no good effect.

22/12/2012 at 11:47

well I have to say, it loves the Surrey soil. 

22/12/2012 at 11:52

It must do. You can't imagine the pathetic specimens seen here. 

22/12/2012 at 12:59

Verdun ... I dont like it either, it sprung up from no where and took over, I called it a shrimp tree, dont know why, maybe because of the  colour, or the segments.

22/12/2012 at 14:41

I used to call it a shrimp bush too, but now I've looked it up a shrimp bush is not the same family and it's not hardy. Mine doesn't seem to seed itself, but perhaps that's because the ground is well-covered by periwinkle (which is trying to take over!)

22/12/2012 at 16:10

I grew 2 from seed,I call it the shrimp plant but of course its what dove from above said,its a lovely plant that needs to be kept in check,but the berries look lovely in winter(when its not raining buckets)

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