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Lonicera fragrantissima

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Description

Drought tolerant; background or screening plant; rapid growth; can be severely pruned to control size.

Easy to grow, winter honeysuckle, Lonicera fragrantissima, thrives in well-drained soil and full sun. This large deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub is best for the middle or back of the border. Typically it grows to 8 feet high and wide but may reach 12 to 15 feet high and wide. Leaves look like other honeysuckle leaves but are wider and more rounded. Small, white flowers start in January and continue through March. Fragrance is consistent with a hint of lemon. Winter honeysuckle can fit in today’s smaller landscapes when used as a cutback shrub. Because it blooms early on growth from last year, it can be cut back close to the ground right after flowering and allowed to grow and flower the next winter. In addition to being a great ornamental, it is an excellent winter nectar source for honey bees. However, it is listed on many invasive plant registries and watch lists with the recommendation to avoid planting in the Southeast.

Play Value: Wildlife Enhancement

Notes: Lemon scented fragrance

Seed: Berry 

 

Cultivars:
Tags:
#fragrant#deciduous#playground#children's garden
Cultivars:
Tags:
#fragrant#deciduous#playground#children's garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lonicera
    Species:
    fragrantissima
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    White
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden