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Lonicera angustifolia - Wall.

Common Name Narrow-leafed honeysuckle
Family Caprifoliaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Forests and shrubberies, under oak, fir and deodar, to elevations of 3600 metres[51, 146].
Range E. Asia - Himalayas.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Lonicera angustifolia Narrow-leafed honeysuckle


Lonicera angustifolia Narrow-leafed honeysuckle

 

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Summary

Lonicera angustifolia or Narrow-Leaf Honeysuckle is a deciduous Shrub growing to 2.7 m (8ft 10in). The red, globular fruit is sweet and pleasant tasting, a bit smaller than a blackcurrant. Plants often produce a second crop in late summer. The wood is hard, very close-grained and used for walking sticks.


Physical Characteristics

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Lonicera angustifolia is a deciduous Shrub growing to 2.7 m (8ft 10in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from April to May, and the seeds ripen from July to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects. The plant is self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[11, 51, 158, 200, 272]. Sweet and pleasant tasting, the fruit is a bit smaller than a blackcurrant[K]. Plants often produce a second crop in late summer[K].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Wood

Wood - hard, very close grained. Used for walking sticks[158, 272].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, it grows best in a good moist soil in a sunny position, it does not fruit so well in the shade[200]. Plants are fairly wind tolerant[K]. Plants flower and fruit better in hotter climates than Britain[182]. Plants have been seen bearing good crops of fruit in eastern Britain, though we have only managed to produce light crops on our Cornish trial grounds[K]. The flowers have a soft 'honeysuckle' perfume[245]. This species is closely related to L. myrtillus[11].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 2 months cold stratification[113] and should be sown as soon as possible in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with or without a heel, July/August in a frame. Good percentage[78]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 15 - 20cm with or without a heel, November in a cold frame. Good percentage[78]. Layering in autumn[200].

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Banchulu, Chalu, Geang, Jinjru, Mithiga, Nani kaphal, Philku, Pirlu,

Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Afghanistan, Asia, Bhutan, India, Himalayas, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Tibet,

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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