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Lonicera fragrantissima (Sweetest Honeysuckle)

Sweetest Honeysuckle, Winter-Flowering Honeysuckle, Winter Honeysuckle

Lonicera fragrantissima, Sweetest Honeysuckle, Winter-Flowering Honeysuckle, White Flowers,  Winter Flowers, Fragrant Shrub, Winter Honeysuckle
Chimonanthus praecox 'Grandiflorus', Wintersweet 'Grandiflorus', Large-Flowered Wintersweet', Yellow Flowers,  Winter Flowers

Beloved for its extraordinarily fragrant winter blooms, Lonicera fragrantissima (Sweetest Honeysuckle) is a bushy deciduous shrub. From late winter to early spring, a profusion of highly fragrant, short-tubed, creamy-white flowers lines up along each stem before the leaves emerge. The budded branches may be cut for fragrant indoor arrangements. The flowers give way to small, red berries, which mature in late spring to early summer.

Bushy, this multi-stemmed flowering shrub has a spreading habit and sports smooth, oval, dark green leaves, which generally remain most of the winter unless the weather gets unusually cold. The rough-textured, pale tan or gray bark on old stems becomes prominent in winter for additional appeal.

  • Grows up to 6-10 ft. tall and wide (180-300 cm)
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Adapts to a wide range of soils, including clay soil and dry soil, but prefers moist, loamy soils. Drought-tolerant when established.
  • Great flowering shrub for beds and borders, coastal gardens, cottage gardens, or city gardens.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is deer resistant and generally pest and disease-free.
  • Minimal pruning is required. Prune to shape after flowering.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood or hardwood cuttings
  • Lonicera fragrantissima species is invasive in several US states, including Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. 
  • Discover beautiful U.S. native plant alternatives.
  • Native to China.

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 3 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Caprifoliaceae
Genus Lonicera
Common names Honeysuckle, Winter Honeysuckle
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spread 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spacing 120" (3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Clay Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Lonicera hirsuta (Hairy Honeysuckle)
Lonicera dioica (Limber Honeysuckle)
Lonicera flava (Yellow Honeysuckle)
Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’ (Trumpet Honeysuckle)
Lonicera involucrata (Twinberry Honeysuckle)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle)

Recommended Companion Plants

Chaenomeles japonica (Japanese Quince)
Camellia japonica ‘Bonomiana’
Helleborus niger ‘HGC Jacob’ (Christmas Rose)
Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 3 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Caprifoliaceae
Genus Lonicera
Common names Honeysuckle, Winter Honeysuckle
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spread 6' - 10'
(180cm - 3m)
Spacing 120" (3m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil, Clay Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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