Leycesteria formosa 'Notbruce'


Deciduous Perennial

Outstanding Qualities
GOLDEN LANTERNS® has the unique attributes of the typical species – distinctive flowers in mid-summer and mature fruits of deep maroon in autumn – but with shimmering chartreuse foliage to boot. The deciduous stems shoot up quickly in spring and the first leaves emerge reddish purple, then morph to luminous yellow green.

Culture Notes
Plant in full sun to light or open shade. It is very adaptable to soil conditions, growing well in moist to well-drained sites and tolerating sandy or clay situations. Once established it only needs occasional watering during dry periods. It is easy to prune. Weak and twiggy old growth can be removed in winter. If the shrub becomes too large, it can be cut to 12 to 18 inches tall in late winter and allowed to regrow the next season. Two to three years of recovery should be allowed after it has been cut to the ground.

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Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8, 9

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun

Water Needs: Average, Occasional


Size: 48 - 72 tall x 48 - 72 wide
Shape / Form: Arching, Clumping, Upright
Foliage Texture: Bold, Medium
Foliage Quality: Bold, Medium

Features: Attracts Bees, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attractive Foliage

Foliage Color: Gold, Yellow, Yellow / Gold

Flower Color: Burgundy / Maroon, Red
Bloom Season: Jul, Aug, Sep, Summer
Flower Shape: Pendant

Fruit Description: Red, Showy / Decorative

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Mixed Border
Wildlife: Bees, Hummingbirds

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Pleasing Seasonal Changes, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Plant Behavior: Clumping, Fast Growing / Vigorous, Re-seeds in some conditions
Collections: Great Plant Pick

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low, medium

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