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Lonicera fragrantissima (Sweetest Honeysuckle)

Sweetest Honeysuckle, Winter-Flowering Honeysuckle, Winter Honeysuckle


Beloved for its extraordinarily fragrant winter blooms, Lonicera fragrantissima (Sweetest Honeysuckle) is a bushy deciduous shrub. In late winter to early spring, a profusion of highly fragrant, short-tubed, creamy-white flowers line 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, 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
  • Native to China

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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 Lonicera - Honeysuckles
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spread 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spacing 120" (300cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
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 Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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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.


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 Lonicera - Honeysuckles
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spread 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spacing 120" (300cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
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 Clay Soil, Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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