Pot Size: 9cm
Plant Height (Inc. Pot): 15-25cm
Characteristics: Hardy deciduous plant with broad, heart-shaped leaves ranging in bright colours of yellow to a yellow-green. Young leaves are tinged with red, as are the edges of some leaves.
Growth & Spread: Fast grower. Grows to similar heights and spreads of approximately 1.2 to 1.8 metres.
Flourishing Season: Deep red lantern-shaped bracts form and from this emerge nearly white flowers in June through September.
Water & Maintenance: Water until established in the first year. Low maintenance, may need yearly pruning, especially after severe winters.
“Golden Lanterns” is a variety of Himalayan honeysuckle. It is a deciduous plant that grows rapidly. During the summer months, it has crimson-coloured bracts which greatly contrast with its bright yellow-green leaves. Peering from these bracts, come delightful little buds of white.
With a preference for partially shaded areas, it also likes to have moist, but well-drained soils. It is also able to tolerate sunny areas.
Overall, a hardy plant and can tolerate temperatures down to -15⁰ C. In case of more severe weather, the root system is hardier and with the rapid growth. At the beginning of spring the plant can be pruned back to its base and will thrive again during the warmer months. It does well in more drought-prone regions and also can do well in coastal locations.
After the flowering season, dark purple fruits form and attract birds. The overall shrub is thicket forming and will look good as a border in rustic settings and does well in attracting other wildlife. Another good suggestion for placement includes flower borders and beds.
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