Box-leaved honeysuckle

Lonicera pileata | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A dense, luscious evergreen shrub, lonicera pileata is a popular, ground-covering option in gardens where informal-looking hedging and garden screens are fancied. Commonly called the box-leaved honeysuckle, its thick foliage is made up of long stems, boasting dozens of pairs of glossy, grey-green almost diamond-shaped leaves. In spring, it produces clusters of tubular, white blossoms, which eventually give way to small, globular blue-black berries in autumn. Box-leaved honeysuckle grows best in moist but well-drained soil, and in full sun. As an evergreen, its lush appearance remains year-round, but in very cold winters it becomes semi-evergreen. Light pruning after flowering is needed to maintain shape.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating its berries, or risk having mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 0.5 - 1
Spread [m]
  • 2.5
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Spreading
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-9
Heat zone
  • H9-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -1
Heat days
  • 30 - 150
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Bonsai
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For every season
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Banks and slopes
  • Ground cover
  • Hedges and screens
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 20 years