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Lonicera fragrantissima

Common Name(s):
Winter honeysuckle
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

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.

 

Height:
6-12 ft.
Foliage:
Opposite, simple, dull blue-green to dark green leaves; 1 to 3 in. long; non-showy fall color
Flower:
0.5 in. creamy white flowers tinged with pink or red in winter; lemon scent
Zones:
4-8
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained soil
Texture:
Medium to coarse
Form:
Wide spreading, irregular mounded; tangled mass of slender branches
Width:
6-8 ft.
Tags:
deciduous, fragrant

NCCES plant id: 1662

Lonicera fragrantissima Lonicera fragrantissima habit
Photo by Leonora Enking, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Lonicera fragrantissima Lonicera fragrantissima blooms
Photo by AnneTanne, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Lonicera fragrantissima Lonicera fragrantissima winter habit
Photo by Leonora Enking, CC-BY-SA-2.0