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Leycesteria formosa 'Golden Lanterns'

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Leycesteria (ley-ses-TER-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: formosa (for-MOH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Golden Lanterns
Additional cultivar information: (aka Notbruce, Golden Lanterns)
Hybridized by Notcutts

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6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood heel cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
By simple layering
By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

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7 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative coriaceous On Mar 12, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

I planted one on the edge of my vegetable garden in part shade. It performed well its first season, but then over the next two years it dwindled, despite good rich well-drained soil and regular irrigation. This is said to grow like a perennial where winters cut down the top growth, but my plant never showed the necessary vigor. It survived only two Boston winters, Z6a.

Dirr says the species is only hardy to Z7.

Positive mgarr On Sep 21, 2012, mgarr from Hanover Twp., PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This year it became so dry I had to take a hose to my garden to save some plants. This shrub began to wilt and then the foliage turned brown. Just when I gave up on the plant and was going to prune it back new growth began and now in mid September it is blooming and looking wonderful.

Positive Phillmygarden On Jul 29, 2012, Phillmygarden from Wexford
Ireland wrote:

This plant just 'appeared' in my garden 2yrs ago, it's 6ft tall now and seeding itself around the garden in several places. Even though it's garden is too small to accomodate any more. So be careful, as it can be very invasive.

Positive rcn48 On Aug 12, 2007, rcn48 from Lexington, VA (Zone 6a) wrote:

We've grown this plant for several years now and have found when planted in full sun or brighter light the foliage continues to produce red fresh growth all through the summer. Tolerates shade conditions well, but will be more of a chartreuse color - still lovely, but so much nicer with more sun.

Positive Iluvmygarden On Jun 25, 2006, Iluvmygarden from Hope, BC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Have experience with this plant at work at a show garden, but my 2 are new to my yard, first season. I have learned they don't enjoy being planted in the fall, I overwintered mine in pots and waited for spring. Will tolerate hard pruning, but the stalks are sort of bamboo like, hard, woody, and hollow (if I remeber correctly), so it remains fairly obvious where you have cut. Best if given enough space to let it grow to it's full spread. Beautiful plant, the colors are gorgeous!

Positive ctsgardening On Oct 11, 2005, ctsgardening from machynlleth
United Kingdom wrote:

Hi, I Live in The Snowdonia National Park in Wales In The UK. This plant grows very well in my garden. It does not care what soil or light it has it flowers seeds and there are plenty of young plants growing around the garden. The plant was in the garden when we bought the house 3 years ago. We love this plant and have only discovered its name today.

Positive Kim_M On Aug 14, 2005, Kim_M from Hamburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I absolutely love this plant. It's so lovely to my eyes. I have a saying when I see a pretty flower. I say, "That's some pretty stuff" LOL. Well I was outside today just looking at my Himalayan Honeysuckle and even though I see it everday...I said, "That's some pretty stuff!!" LOL
What a Lovely Bush

Positive Drphil On Oct 31, 2003, Drphil wrote:

I have two specimins in the garden (Luton, UK) one by a pond and another which masks an usightly shed. They were bought in 3 litre pots and have grown to their full height in 2 seasons. The one situated by the pond makes a great backdrop for the water and the berrys look spectacular in the autumn. Just remember to give it enough space!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Cawston, British Columbia
San Anselmo, California
Averill Park, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Albany, Oregon
Brookings, Oregon
Eugene, Oregon
Hubbard, Oregon
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania (2 reports)
Lexington, Virginia
Seattle, Washington
Vader, Washington

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