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Lonicera pileata (Box-leaved honeysuckle)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Lonicera pileata

Other names

Box-leaved honeysuckle

Genus

Lonicera Lonicera

Species

L. pileata - L. pileata is a dense, spreading, evergreen shrub with small, paired, glossy, dark green leaves and long, funnel-shaped, creamy-white flowers in late spring followed by purple berries.


Lonicera pileata is: Evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Spreading

Flower

Cream in Spring

Foliage

Bright-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Lonicera pileata (Box-leaved honeysuckle) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in full sun or partial shade in any well-drained soil.

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 pileata

Other names

Box-leaved honeysuckle

Genus

Lonicera Lonicera

Species

L. pileata - L. pileata is a dense, spreading, evergreen shrub with small, paired, glossy, dark green leaves and long, funnel-shaped, creamy-white flowers in late spring followed by purple berries.

Native to

China

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Spreading


Colour

Flower

Cream in Spring

Foliage

Bright-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Lonicera pileata (Box-leaved honeysuckle) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in full sun or partial shade in any well-drained soil.

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 pileata (Box-leaved 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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