Boxleaf honeysuckle

Lonicera nitida | Also known as: Wilson's honeysuckle | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

The boxleaf honeysuckle can't be boxed but needs to be contained

Lonicera nitida or Wilson's honeysuckle is a type of honeysuckle native to China. It's a broadleaf evergreen shrub with creamy white flowers that have a lovely sweet fragrance. It also produces purple berries. Don't eat them, they're not edible. This species needs a bit of tending to; you'll need to keep it well clipped as it can fall over if it gets too tall. It will grow well as a hedge though and can be clipped into shapes. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert used this species to create several animal shaped bushes in their Isle of Wight holiday home.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 3.5
Spread [m]
  • 3.5
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Arching
  • Spreading
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-8
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Trees & shrubs
  • Shrubs
Grown for
  • Ornamental Foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • 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
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