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Hello everyone its jane again after yesterdays fantastic response helping with identifing my Azalea,i have another plant in my garden and after much searching cant find the name of this plant/shrub either it grows about 10ft tall and has pink and white flowers that turn into purple berrys as shown in the photos we been told its an ornamental nutmeg but cannot find any information on this.Please help if you can.

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It's called Leycesteria formosa and is a shrub that the birds seed around!

31 Jan, 2011


Just checked on line and in some places, this plant is commonly known as flowering nutmeg, for some odd reason. It's more usual common name is Himalayan honeysuckle, or in UK, pheasant berry - but it is Leycestera formosa, as Volunteer says.

31 Jan, 2011


I have another variety of this in my garden, Leycestera formosa 'Golden Lanterns' not to everyones taste as it has quite bright yellow leaves, I love it though :-)

31 Jan, 2011


Thank you all once again for the info on the leycestera formosa my husband has taken a few cuttings from this and must say have all taken very well.We have seen especially the blackbirds taking the berries.I bet the yellow one is also really nice Simbad.Thanks once again i think you are all amazing even asked Gardeners world what this was and much dissapointment they never replied!!!!

31 Jan, 2011


You will probably find you also have several self sown seedlings where birds have dropped the seed. That is a very healthy looking shrub. My one grows to over ten feet high. I love the waxy stems which look a bit like bamboo.

31 Jan, 2011

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