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Lonicera pileata

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
luh-NISS-ur-uh pill-ee-AY-tu
Description

This honeysuckle from China is a low growing evergreen to a semi-evergreen shrub that is useful for growing on banks or slopes. It is drought tolerant once established. The small fragrant flowers and berries that follow are tucked away beneath the foliage. Any well-drained soil will do for this evergreen groundcover.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#partial shade#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#yellow flowers#spring flowers#slopes#fall interest#mass planting#hedges#stream banks#salt spray tolerant#groundcover#fall fruits#borders#black fruits#evergreen groundcover#purple fruits#small leaves
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#sun#partial shade#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#yellow flowers#spring flowers#slopes#fall interest#mass planting#hedges#stream banks#salt spray tolerant#groundcover#fall fruits#borders#black fruits#evergreen groundcover#purple fruits#small leaves
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lonicera
    Species:
    pileata
    Family:
    Caprifoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Horizontal
    Spreading
    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 Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Purple/Lavender
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    translucent purplish to black cap-shaped fruit 6 mm
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Funnel
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Tiny .5" yellowish-white flowers in pairs in spring to early summer
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblanceolate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    0.5"- 1" lustrous dark green leaves that are pale green underneath. tapered at the base.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Erosion
    Salt