Leycesteria formosa ‘Longstock’

Project Description

  • Hardy deciduous shrub
  • May be some die back on young plants in a hard winter as it has hollow stems, but it is root hardy and will grow away in the spring
  • Any well drained soil
  • Sun or shade
  • Flowers white with claret coloured bracts carried in dense terminal drooping panicles from June to September
  • The flowers are followed by large shining reddish-purple berries, attractive to pheasants
  • In winter the olive-green hollow stems look very effective, like Cornus stolonifera ‘Flaviramea’, more so when planted with red stemmed cornus, Dogwoods

This is a an improved selection, more compact and bushier than the species. (Leycesteria formosa comes from the Himalaya).

Leycesteria formosa ‘Longstock’ is very free-flowering. I selected out this seedling in 1995 as part of a breeding programme of Leycesteria

Sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline and may vary according to local conditions.

Hard prune late March – early April. Feed Vitax Q4 June.

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Project Details

  • GenusLeycesteria
  • Speciesformosa
  • Cultivar'Longstock'
  • CategoryShrub
  • Height & Spread2-3m x 2-3m
  • Plant Breeders Rights--
  • ColoursWhite with Claret Coloured Bracts