Lonicera nitida

Shrubby honeysuckle

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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour

Light green


Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Elke Borkowski, copyright GAP Photos (87965)

Plant details

A twiggy shrub with small, glossy, dark green leaves. The shrubby honeysuckle is perfect for adding stucture to the garden. It makes a good alternative to box as it's fast growing and can be tightly clipped into small hedges. It's also useful for elaborate topiary shapes as its twiggy growth is quite supple and can be easily trained when young. It thrives on most soils in sun or shade and will benefit from regular trimming to retain its shape.

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Lonicera

Species: nitida

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Light green

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to take cuttings: April to June

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