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Boxleaf Honeysuckle Lonicera ligustrina var. yunnanensis

Previously known as:

  • Lonicera nitida
Phonetic Spelling
lon-ISS-er-a lig-US-tree-nuh yoo-nan-EN-sis
Description

Boxleaf Honeysuckle is a shrub from China that is primarily grown for its attractive foliage that grows with graceful arching branches. The stems are stacked on top of each other giving it a haystack look. It can also be pruned to shapes but it grows rather quickly once pruned. The leaves are evergreen except for the northern parts of its range and it is salt and drought tolerant.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Baggesen's Gold'
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#partial shade#fragrant flowers#shrub#slopes#berries#topiary#hedges#fast growing#dense
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Baggesen's Gold'
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#partial shade#fragrant flowers#shrub#slopes#berries#topiary#hedges#fast growing#dense
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lonicera
    Species:
    ligustrina var. yunnanensis
    Family:
    Caprifoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Horizontal
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    0.2 in. bluish purple fruit in late summer
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    0.5 in. long creamy white flowers in pairs appear in spring
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Orbicular
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Glossy dark green leaves are 0.2 to 0.6 in. long and wide.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Slope/Bank
    Woodland
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Pollution
    Rabbits