05 May 2012

Small, white, slightly fragrant flowers


pairs of small white flowers
March-May

Blooming now

Boxleaf honeysuckle
The shrubby honeysuckle
Lonicera nitida
Lonicera (lon-ISS-er-a)
nitida (ni-TI-da)


Evergreen Shrub

Family: Caprifoliaceae




Hardy to USDA Zone 7
Native to SW China.



Boxleaf honeysuckle
Lonicera nitida
The shrubby honeysuckle



Box honeysuckle
high tolerance of clipping
Bonsai-Suitable
Box honeysuckle is a fast growing shrub with dense evergreen habit. Though a member of the honeysuckle family it is not a climber but an evergreen which looks very much like a miniature boxwood. It has a high tolerance of clipping which makes it ideal as a neat, formal hedge and is also a very popular choice for topiary. As a bonsai this honeysuckle can easily be "sculpted" to resemble a tree.



 delightful trunks.

The old branches are very brittle, but one can cut off all the vegetation and it back buds profusely. Boxleaf honeysuckle is also an ideal plant for making very small or Mame bonsai. An evergreen, it is in leaf all year. The small, white, slightly fragrant flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by insects. The pairs of small white flowers give way to lovely purple-blue berries. Readily roots from cuttings.



Small, white, slightly fragrant flowers are hermaphrodite





Flowers March-May
Bonsai-Suitable






A fast growing shrub that looks
very much like a miniature boxwood
useful for bonsai




Lonicera named after Adam Lonitzer (1528-86),
German naturalist and herbalist.


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