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Lonicera - Honeysuckles

Grown for their delightful fragrance, colorful flowers, handsome foliage or their sweet fruits, Lonicera (honeysuckle) are popular garden plants. There are climbing honeysuckles, which are terrific draped over pergolas and other supports, and evergreen shrubs, which make great hedging plants. Some produce teardrop-shaped blue berries that can be eaten raw or used in jams and jellies.

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Lonicera 'Mandarin' (Honeysuckle)

Lonicera 'Mandarin' (Honeysuckle) is a twining deciduous vine with large whorls of brilliant flowers, bright mandarin orange on the outside and yellow-orange inside. Produced profusely in early summer, they continue blooming intermittently until fall.

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Lonicera × americana (American Woodbine)

Rich with a powerful clove scent, Lonicera × americana (American Woodbine) is a superb deciduous climber with whorls of tubular flowers, 2 in. long (5 cm), that open white before turning creamy-yellow with a flush of red, pink, or purple. Produced in succession from late spring to the first frost, the fragrant flowers eventually give way to red berries.

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Lonicera × brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet' (Honeysuckle)

Highly popular, Lonicera × brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet' (Honeysuckle) is a vigorous semi-evergreen climber with masses of stunning, flaming scarlet, tubular flowers that open to reveal orange throats. Produced in succession from early summer to fall, they eventually give way (in hot summers) to small, bright red berries.

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Lonicera albiflora (White Honeysuckle)

Lonicera albiflora (White Honeysuckle) is a small, leafy vine or shrub with mostly woody, long and graceful stems clothed in broadly oval, lightly hairy, gray-green leaves, 2-3 in. long (5-7 cm). In early to late spring, attractive clusters of small, white, or pale yellow, two-lipped flowers appear at the tips of the branches. They are magnets for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators in search of nectar.

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Lonicera caerulea 'Blue Moon' (Honeyberry)

Exceptionally hardy, Lonicera caerulea 'Blue Moon' (Honeyberry) is a compact, deciduous shrub with attractive, gray-green, velvety leaves and small, funnel-shaped, slightly fragrant, white flowers in early spring. The blossoms give way to dark blue berries which ripen in late spring or early summer.

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Lonicera caerulea 'Blue Velvet' (Honeyberry)

Exceptionally hardy, Lonicera caerulea 'Blue Velvet' (Honeyberry) is a deciduous shrub with attractive, gray-green, velvety leaves and small, funnel-shaped, slightly fragrant, white flowers in early spring. The blossoms give way to teardrop-shaped, dark blue berries which ripen in late spring or early summer.

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Lonicera caerulea 'Borealis' (Honeyberry)

Introduced by the University of Saskatchewan, Lonicera caerulea 'Borealis' (Honeyberry) is a compact, deciduous shrub with attractive, gray-green leaves and small, funnel-shaped, slightly fragrant, white flowers in early spring. The blossoms give way to dark blue berries which ripen in late spring or early summer.

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Lonicera caerulea 'Tundra' (Honeyberry)

Introduced by the University of Saskatchewan, Lonicera caerulea 'Tundra' (Honeyberry) is a compact, deciduous shrub with attractive, gray-green leaves and small, funnel-shaped, slightly fragrant, white flowers in early spring. The blossoms give way to dark blue berries which ripen in late spring or early summer.

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Lonicera caerulea Sugar Mountain® Balalaika™ (Honeyberry)

Lonicera caerulea Sugar Mountain® Balalaika™ (Honeyberry) is a compact, deciduous shrub with attractive, gray-green leaves and small, funnel-shaped, slightly fragrant, white flowers in early spring. The blossoms give way to large, up to 1 in. long (2.5 cm), dark blue berries which ripen in late spring or early summer.

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Lonicera caerulea Sugar Mountain® Blue (Honeyberry)

Lonicera caerulea Sugar Mountain® Blue (Honeyberry) is a compact, deciduous shrub with attractive, gray-green leaves and small, funnel-shaped, slightly fragrant, white flowers in early spring. The blossoms give way to large, extra juicy, dark blue berries which ripen in late spring or early summer.

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Lonicera caerulea Sugar Mountain® Eisbär (Honeyberry)

Lonicera caerulea Sugar Mountain® Eisbär (Honeyberry) is a compact, deciduous shrub with attractive, gray-green leaves and small, funnel-shaped, slightly fragrant, white flowers in early spring. The blossoms give way to very large, up to 1.5 in. long (4 cm), dark blue berries which ripen in late spring or early summer.

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Lonicera ciliosa (Orange Honeysuckle)

Lonicera ciliosa (Orange Honeysuckle) is a large, twining deciduous climber with masses of orange tubular flowers, up to 1.5 in. long (4 cm), that flare to 5 lobes at the end. Borne in dense terminal clusters just above a large round leaf, they are produced in succession from late spring to mid-summer. They eventually give way to translucent, orange-red berries. The fruits are edible either raw or cooked.

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Lonicera fragrantissima (Sweetest Honeysuckle)

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.

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Lonicera hispidula (Pink Honeysuckle)

Valued for its decorative flowers and berries, Lonicera hispidula (Pink Honeysuckle) is a deciduous to semi-evergreen climbing shrub with showy clusters, 3-4 in. wide (7-10 cm), of pink, rose, or purple tubular flowers in late spring to early summer. The flowers are magnets for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators in search of nectar.

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Lonicera involucrata (Twinberry Honeysuckle)

Attractive and pleasing to the eye, Lonicera involucrata (Twinberry Honeysuckle) is a long-lived deciduous shrub with sturdy shoots covered with opposite, bright green, elliptical leaves, 5 in. long (12 cm). In early spring to late summer, depending on locations, small, dainty yellow flowers, 1 in. long (2.5 cm), appear in dangling pairs surrounded by two leafy bracts. The bracts turn from green to a brilliant dark red in late summer as fruits ripen.

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