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Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)

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Zones 1-9, 14-24, 31-41
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Lonicera fragrantissima

Winter Honeysuckle
Caprifoliaceae
Deciduous, Shrubs, Semi-evergreen, Decorative fruit or berries

LONICERA

Most honeysuckles are valued for their clustered or paired, often fragrant flowers. Blossoms are tubular in form. Some have two flaring, unequal lips; others are trumpets or straight tubes, sometimes flaring at the mouth into five equal lobes. Flowers attract hummingbirds, and the red or purple berries that follow provide food for many other kinds of birds. Blossoms typically deepen in color after opening, so clusters contain both pale and darker blooms.

Lonicera fragrantissima
Lonicera fragrantissima

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Lonicera fragrantissima

From China. Arching, rather stiff growth to about 8 ft. high and wide. Oval, 1–3-in.-long leaves are dull dark green above, blue green beneath. Creamy white, half-inch-long, two-lipped flowers from late winter to early spring; blossoms are richly fragrant (like Daphne odora) but not showy. Red berries. Can be used as a clipped hedge or background plant. Bring budded branches indoors for bloom.

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