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Leycesteria crocothyrsos

L. crocothyrsos is a deciduous, upright shrub with arching shoots reaching a height and spread of 2m with slender-pointed, ovate leaves up to 15cm long and conspicuously veined. In late spring, small yellow flowers are borne in arching terminal racemes up to 17cm long and are followed by small, green, gooseberry-like fruits

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Green
Summer Green Green
Autumn Green Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Caprifoliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Leycesteria are deciduous shrubs with hollow stems, simple leaves and terminal and axillary racemes of tubular flowers, followed by fleshy berries

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Himalaya, (Assam) Myanmar

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grows in any fertile soil but may suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens so overwinter under cover or protect from cold, drying winds

Propagation

Propagate from seed or by softwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 3

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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