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Lonicera fragrantissima (Shrubby honeysuckle)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
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2m
Max height
3m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Lonicera fragrantissima

Other names

Shrubby honeysuckle

Genus

Lonicera Lonicera

Species

L. fragrantissima - L. fragrantissima is a bushy, spreading, deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub bearing oval, paired, dark green leaves with blue-green undersides and, in winter and early spring, fragrant, tubular, creamy-white flowers followed by dull red berrries.


Lonicera fragrantissima is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers have a sweet fragrance

Habit

Bushy, Spreading

Flower

Yellow, White in Spring; Yellow, White in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Thrips Aphids , Thrips

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Layering, Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Lonicera fragrantissima (Shrubby honeysuckle) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 3m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Plant in full sun or partial shade in any moist but well-drained soil. Growing against a wall will encourage better flowering.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Lonicera fragrantissima

Other names

Shrubby honeysuckle

Genus

Lonicera Lonicera

Species

L. fragrantissima - L. fragrantissima is a bushy, spreading, deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub bearing oval, paired, dark green leaves with blue-green undersides and, in winter and early spring, fragrant, tubular, creamy-white flowers followed by dull red berrries.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers have a sweet fragrance

Habit

Bushy, Spreading


Colour

Flower

Yellow, White in Spring; Yellow, White in Winter

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Thrips

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Layering, Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Lonicera fragrantissima (Shrubby honeysuckle) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 3m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Plant in full sun or partial shade in any moist but well-drained soil. Growing against a wall will encourage better flowering.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Lonicera fragrantissima (Shrubby honeysuckle)

Common pest name

European cherry fruit fly

Scientific pest name

Rhagoletis cerasi

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Fruit fly pest of cherry and honeysuckle; widely distributed in Europe and also present in North America and Asia. No evidence of establishment in the UK to date despite repeated interceptions; but honeysuckle and cherry growers may wish to be aware and monitor for its presence.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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