Lonicera x purpusii | Rating: 4 votes | Print / Pdf

It's a guaranteed white Christmas in your garden with the winter honeysuckle

A hybrid of lonicera fragrantissima and lonicera standishii, lonicera x purpusii is a shrub that has all the delicacy expected from a flowering plant of the orient. Known as the winter honeysuckle, it flowers in winter, producing generally small, pure white blossoms with golden-tipped stamens. It is an inspiring spectacle since, as a deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub, the flowers emerge against its bare woody branches with its light green, oval foliage not arriving until spring. Winter honeysuckle thrives in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Its arching habit makes it ideal for beds and borders in cottage gardens. Pruning after flowering is recommended to prevent unruly growth.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating its berries, or risk having mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 2 - 3
Spread [m]
  • 2.5
Dominant flower colour
  • White
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Mid winter
  • Late winter
  • Early spring
  • Mid spring
  • Early winter
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • Greenwood cuttings
  • seed
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Rounded
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-9
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 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
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Bonsai
  • Neighbour repellant
  • For birds & bees
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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