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Lonicera fragrantissima

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Toxicity

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Cream in Spring and Winter

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Red in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1.5-2.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1.5-2.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

winter-flowering 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. fragrantissima is a bushy deciduous shrub to 2m, with simple, ovate leaves to 6cm long, and pairs of very fragrant, 2-lipped cream flowers 1cm long in winter and early spring, sometimes followed by dull red berries

Other common names

  • sweetest honeysuckle

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 or hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pests

May get aphids and thrips

Diseases

May be affected by powdery mildew