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Lonicera pileata

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Cream in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Purple in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

box-leaved honeysuckle

Family

Caprifoliaceae


Lonicera can be deciduous and evergreen shrubs, or climbers with twining stems. The tubular or two-lipped flowers, often very fragrant, are followed by red or black berries

L. pileata is a low spreading evergreen shrub with small, glossy, lance-shaped leaves and small tubular cream flowers in late spring, followed by purple berries

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, Hedging/Screens, Ground Cover, Banks and Slopes, Low Maintenance or Coastal


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 2

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

May be affected by powdery mildew