Himalayan honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa) grows up to 3 metres high in areas of open forest, for instance where there has been a landslide, quickly replacing native species. It can penetrate untouched forest by colonising the gaps where natural light filters through. Honeysuckle was first introduced to New Zealand as an ornamental garden plant in 1878.
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