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Commonly known as Flowering nutmeg, Himalayan honeysuckle, Pheasant berry
DeciduousTapered, dark-green leaves to 17cm (7in) long.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in heightUpright, thicket-forming shrub with attractive bamboo-like first-year shoots. Flowers are followed by spherical, red-purple berries
Hardy - average winterHardy through most of the UK apart from inland valleys, at altitude and central/northerly locations. May suffer foliage damage and stem dieback in harsh winters in cold gardens. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -10°C (14°F)
Full sunshelter from cold winds.
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Additional FeaturesBerriesThese plants have berries.Good to knowA subject popular in Victorian shrubberies. Wildlife plant - birds eat berries.Ornamental barkPests & DiseasesNonePlace of originHimalayas, western China.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Flower ShapeSpikesPendent spikes to 10cm (4in) long, terminally, or from the upper leaf axils
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
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Pruning groupPruning group 2Suitable for: Deciduous shrubs and trees that flower in Spring or early Summer on previous year's growth, including plants that produce new growth at or near ground level.
Pruning: Prune flowered shoots to strong buds. Cut back approximately 1/4 of old shoots to the base to promote replacement growth.
When: Annually, after flowering.
RHS groups 2 & 3Pruning group 4Suitable for: Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower on current year's growth or are grown for winter stem effect.
Pruning: Hard prune to a low permanent framework.
When: Annually in early Spring.
RHS group 5, 6 & 7
Soil ConditionsFertile well drained soil
LEYCESTERIA formosa 'Golden Lanterns'
GARRYA elliptica 'James Roof'
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young foliage is a delicate yellow becoming lighter yellow. Best in partial shade