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Has any one any ideas what this bush/tree is?
Himalayan honeysuckle - leycesteria formosa
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.
It's also called pheasant berry because game birds (in fact all birds) love the berries.
is it evergreen?
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
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
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.
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.
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).
That's weird, it doesn't normally grow more than 2.5 metres and that takes about 5 years.
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.
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.
well I have to say, it loves the Surrey soil.
It must do. You can't imagine the pathetic specimens seen here.
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.
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!)
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)