Lonicera nitida- Box honeysuckle
Lonicera nitida is a evergreen shrub. It has very small glossy-green leaves. It has fragrant white-creamy flowers which are produced in late spring.
Box honeysuckle is a great choice for hedges, its very fast growing and doesn’t have that horrible winter odour that english box does. Also fabulous for topiary or bonsai.
Performs best in fertile, well drained soil. Best in full sun however will tolerate some shade. Is a very hardy shrub can tolerate dry periods and temperatures down to -15C, is also deer and rabbit resistant. Loves a good regular prune.
Botanical name: Lonicera nitida
Common name: Box honeysuckle
Native to: China
Flowers: late spring
Position: Full sun/Part shade
Can i hedge lonicera nitida (Box honeysuckle)?
Absolutely. Lonicera nitida makes for a fantastic hedge. Its very fast growing! Much faster than traditional box (buxus)plants. Lonicera is very versatile as a hedging plant, you can use it for a quick hedge from 30cm high- 2m high.
How far apart should lonicera be planted to create a dense hedge?
For most lonicera hedges we recommend planting 3 plants per metre. If you want the hedge to grow over 1.5m you could plant them 2 every metre.
How should i prune box honeysuckle?
Lonicera nitida is tough as nails! You can prune it at anytime of year and whenever needed. If you have an unruly hedge that needs a major cut back, the middle of spring or early autumn is probably best. Doing at these times to avoid extreme temperatures.
Is lonicera nitida poisonous?
No. Not to our knowledge. I have heard the lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) has berries that can be poisonous.
Can i grow lonicera nitida in a pot?
Yes. Lonicera makes an excellent bonsai. And it also makes a fantastic topiary specimen. If desired as a topiary it can be planted in the garden or in a pot.
Pests & diseases
None that we've come across. Super tough, super hardy a great hedge or topiary choice for down here in Victoria.
How do you propagate lonicera nitida?
We use cuttings taken from this seasons growth. Avoid the very tip as its quite flimsy. We will take cuttings at any time of year including winter. Use a mix of perlite and peat moss to strike the roots. Depending on the time of year the roots will develop anywhere from 1-3 months.