From W. China and the Himalayas, this attractive bush has pendulous spikes of pale pinkish cream flowers set in dark purple bracts. Later it produces red-purple berries. It is a relative of our Honeysuckle and has become invasive in New Zealand and Australia. Frequently planted in Victorian gardens it fell out of favour  but has regained popularity with new varieties and  has become naturalised in a few places in southern England. It is named after  William Leycester, a horticulturalist in Bengal in the 1820's.

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