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Box-honeysuckle

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Interesting Facts

Honeysuckles grow in a variety of habitats throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Their berries can cause stomach upset if consumed.

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Box Honeysuckle   (Lonicera nitida)

L. nitida is native to southwestern China. It's branches are densely packed with tiny, egg-shaped, shiny dark green leaves that may turn bronze to plum color in the winter. In the late spring or early summer, it produces flowers that are fragrant, creamy white tubes. It also bears translucent blue-purple berries.

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Plant Types: Perennial, Shrub
Light: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Height: 4 feet to 6 feet
Zones: 6a to 9b
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Seasons: Mid spring
Leaf Color: Green
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food
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Plant Care
Planting:

Propagate Honeysuckles with cuttings. Semi-ripe cuttings for evergreen species in summer, and greenwood cuttings (in summer) or hardwood cuttings (in fall) for deciduous species. Hardy species can be planted through seeds, when ripe, in containers in a cold frame (for protection).

Plant Growth:

Honeysuckles are a group of evergreen, semi evergreen and deciduous shrubs and vines. Generally, they need full sun or partial shade in warmer climates.

Blooming:

Most Honeysuckles are known for their dual-clustered, intensely fragrant flowers, which come in a variety of colors, such as creamy white, yellow, orange, and red. Blooms attract hummingbirds. Flowers are followed by red or orange berries.

Soil and Irrigation:

Honeysuckles require good drainage. Shrub species grow in any soil. Climbers need fertile, humus-rich soil that is kept moist.

Fertilization:

During the growing season, implement a balanced liquid fertilizer on a monthly basis.

Pruning:

After flowering, cut back flowered shoots to stronger lower shoots or buds. Established plants should be pruned more extensively; cut back old shoots to the base to promote new growth. Trim hedges 2 times in the summer. Clip climbers to maintain shape in appropriate space. Some species can exhibit weedy behavior.

Pests:

Leaf rollers, aphids, and scale insects. Other problems include powdery mildew, dieback, leaf spots, and blights, all of which are quite common.