Did you know? The Latin specific epithet nitida means “shining’, in reference to its glossy leaves.
Common name : Box honeysuckle
Scientific name : Lonicera nitida
Family : Caprifoliaceae
Category : Shrubs
Type of plant : Perennial
A shrub growing 4–5 ft (1.2–1.5 m) tall with dark green, small leaves and creamy white, fragrant flowers, appearing at the end of spring. L. nitida is commonly confused with cotoneaster species - the difference between the two is that cotoneaster has alternate leaves while this species has opposite leaves.
Sowing & planting
50 - 120
6 - 7
Identify my box honeysuckle
Honeysuckle is a climbing shrub — or a creeper! — which produces both red berries and flowers well known for their fragrance in spring. There are over 200 varieties of honeysuckle, both perenial and decidious varieties. Wild honeysuckle loves climbing up trees. Like other creeping plants, honeysuckle is a choice habitat of birds, and helps certain insects and small mammels to move around trees.
Plant my box honeysuckle
Honeysuckle is grown in most climates and it appreciates sunny but non-scorching situations. It is also easy to grow in pots.
Like the clematis, honeysuckle appreciates having its head in the sun and its "feet" in the shade. A semi shaded situation is suitable.
A woodland plant in its natural habitat, honeysuckle requires cool soil, even in summer.
Plant in autumn, or until spring, out of frost and heat.
Dig a hole equivalent to 2 times the height and width of the root ball.
Lightly scratch the root ball to aerate it.
Place the root ball in the hole so that the base of the plant is elevated a few centimeters above the ground. Fill the hole with a mix of potting soil and garden soil. Water generously then tamp slightly.
Mulch my box honeysuckle
Your honeysuckle is an undergrowth plant — it loves loose, cool soil. Give it a good mulching at the beginning of the saison, and don't be afraid to lay it on thick - especially if it's growing in a pot!
Water my box honeysuckle
Honeysuckle needs cool soil, especially in the summer, but it actually doesn't have great need of water. Long periods of dryness do worry it though, especially if it's in a pot. If in a pot, keep an eye on it, and don't let the substrate dry out between two waterings, especially the first few weeks after planting. If planted directly in soil, after the first few weeks of regular watering — especially if you choose to plant in spring — you won't need to worry about it except in the hotness and driest conditions.
Prune my box honeysuckle
The shrubby honeysuckle is cut by shortening the ends of the branches to give it a compact shape.
Check on my box honeysuckle
The honeysuckle is quite sturdy once installed.
However, it can be a victim of a fungus, powdery mildew, which is characterized by a white or gray layer on the leaves.
It can also be invaded by aphids: the leaves curl, and if you look under leaves you see some parasites of green or brown color! At the first signs of attack, take out the baking soda! Because of its basic pH, baking soda prevents the formation of spores of the fungus. Dilute 1 to 2 teaspoons of baking soda per liter of water and add 1 teaspoon of liquid Marseille soap or milk - which will allow the solution to hang on the leaves. Spray this solution under and on the leaves and renew after any heavy rain.