Lonicera Fragrantissima - Winter Honeysuckle
Lonicera Fragrantissima Winter Flowering Honeysuckle, a bushy deciduous shrub with pairs of very fragrant cream flowers in winter
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Lonicera fragrantissima or Sweetest Honeysuckle also Winter Flowering Honeysuckle
The deciduous shrub Lonicera fragrantissima is also called the Sweetest Honeysuckle and Winter Flowering Honeysuckle. The shrub is native to China and has become a beloved garden asset.
Sweetest Honeysuckle is an ideal addition to any garden. It produces a profusion of late winter and early spring blossoms that are extremely fragrant. The short-tubed flowers measure about a centimeter long and are creamy white. They cover the stems of the shrub. The flower enshrouded branches can be cut for bouquets. After flowering, the shrub’s leaves start to emerge. The leaves are oval and dark green. In mild climates, the leaves will persist throughout winter before new foliage emerges. Following flowering, red and black berries develop on the shrub.
Height and Spread of the Lonicera fragrantissima
Winter Flowering Honeysuckle reaches a height of around 2 metres tall and just as wide.
How Hardy is the Lonicera fragrantissima
Winter Flowering Honeysuckle is hardy to a UK zone H6 meaning very winter hardy to minus 20 degrees.
How to use the Lonicera fragrantissima
Winter Honeysuckle makes an excellent, low maintenance informal hedge or can be used as a specimen plant. Plant it somewhere that you can enjoy the sweet fragrance of the blooms.
How to Care for the Lonicera fragrantissima
Plant the Winter Flowering Honeysuckle in a location that offers full or partial sun. It grows best when planted in fertile soil. Choose a planting site that is well-draining. After planting, keep the roots evenly moist to encourage growth. Once established, it is moderately drought tolerant. You can prune it after flowering for shape but it does not require pruning to flourish.
Plant Lonicera fragrantissima makes an ideal focal point, especially when placed in front of evergreens. The berries often attract birds to the garden so pick a site where you enjoy its beauty and also watch the feathered garden visitors. See also Lonicera Purpusii Winter Beauty Honeysuckle.
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