Lonicera fragrantissima
Plant Abstract

Known as- Winter honeysuckle
Grow Zone - 4 to 8
Type- Deciduous shrub
Familial- Caprifoliaceae
Smith Scl. hardy? No
Geography- China
ht.- 6 to 10 ft.
Span- 6 to 10 ft.
Coloring- Creamy white
Shade/Light- Full sun to part shade
Moisture- Dry to moderate dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Easily grown in average, arid to moderate wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Adapts to wide range of soils, including arid ones, but prefers damp, loamy soils. Prune to shape after flowering.
Winter honeysuckle is a somewhat stiff-branched, deciduous shrub with a bushy, spreading habit. Typically grows 6-10” tall and as wide. Extremely fragrant (lemony), short-tubed, creamy white flowers appear in early spring before the leaves emerge. Flowers are followed by small, somewhat inconspicuous, red berries which mature in late spring to early summer. Oval, dark green foliage often has bluish tinge. Flowers are a harbinger of spring. Budded branches may be cut for an early, fragrant, indoor arrangement.
No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to leaf spot, blight and powdery mildew. Potential insect pests include aphids, scale, sawfly, whitefly, loopers, plant hoppers, flea beetles and webworm.
Common Applications-
Clipped or informal hedge, screen or background plant in a shrub border.

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