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Lonicera nitida - E.H.Wilson.

Common Name Boxleaf Honeysuckle
Family Caprifoliaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats In scrub and along streams, 1300 - 2100 metres in Yunnan and W. Sichuan[184].
Range E. Asia - China.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun
Lonicera nitida Boxleaf Honeysuckle


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Lonicera nitida Boxleaf Honeysuckle
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Summary

Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Mid spring. Form: Spreading or horizontal, Upright or erect.


Physical Characteristics

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Lonicera nitida is an evergreen Shrub growing to 3 m (9ft) by 3 m (9ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf all year. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; Ground Cover; Hedge;

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

Hedge  Hedge

Can be grown as a medium sized hedge. It is very fast growing but needs lots of trimming[29, 200]. It is quite frequently used as a hedge plant in Britain[200]. The forms 'Graziosa' and 'Maigrün (Maygreen) can be used as ground cover plants[182, 197].

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Foundation, Hedge. A very easily grown and tolerant plant, it succeeds in any fertile soil, preferring a good moist soil in a sunny position[11, 200]. Succeeds in deep shade[202]. Established plants are fairly drought tolerant, so long as there is plenty of humus in the soil[190]. Plants are hardy to about -15°c[184, 202]. Another report says that it is not very hardy in northern Britain and that it rarely fruits in Britain[1]. Plants seem to be immune to the predations of deer[182]. A number of forms have been developed for their ornamental value[182]. Plants are very tolerant of pruning and can regrow from very old wood[202]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Special Features:Not North American native.

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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].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Diervilla loniceraBush Honeysuckle, Northern bush honeysuckle02
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Lonicera canadensisFly Honeysuckle, American fly honeysuckle11
Lonicera caprifoliumItalian Honeysuckle, Italian woodbine12
Lonicera chrysanthaHoneysuckle10
Lonicera ciliosaOrange Honeysuckle22
Lonicera gracilipes 11
Lonicera gracilipes glabra 11
Lonicera henryi 11
Lonicera involucrataTwinberry, Twinberry honeysuckle22
Lonicera japonicaJapanese Honeysuckle23
Lonicera morrowiiMorrow's honeysuckle11
Lonicera periclymenumHoneysuckle, European honeysuckle12
Lonicera pileataPrivet honeysuckle00
Lonicera quinquelocularis 00
Lonicera sempervirensTrumpet Honeysuckle, Coral Honeysuckle01
Lonicera utahensisUtah Honeysuckle11
Lonicera venulosa 20
Lonicera villosaMountain fly honeysuckle, Fuller's honeysuckle30
Lonicera villosa solonis 30

 

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Readers comment

   Sun Mar 12 2006

How do you get rid of it when it has run rampant and covered 1/4 acre?

Charles Camp   Tue Sep 4 2007

My lonicera evergreen hedge has no flowers and has grown hidden under leylandii where it climbed to 12' or more, and also on a grass bank where I'm trying to fill in gaps to improve the hedge. As it has no flowers I cannot propagate from seed and will have to rely on cuttings or layering. Can you identify the type of lonicera I have? As the cottage I live in is over 300 years old it could have been around for some time - it seems to have established itself on all sides, as a hedge, growing in the trees or individual bushes.

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