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Zones 4-9, 14-24, H1, H2

Lonicera nitida

Box Honeysuckle
Evergreen, Shrubs, Decorative fruit or berries, Flowers

Evergreen shrub. Native to southwestern China. To 11 ft. tall and 10 ft. wide. Branches densely clothed in tiny, egg-shaped, shiny dark green leaves that may turn an attractive bronze to plum colorin winter. Late-spring or early-summer flowers are straighttubes—fragrant, creamy white, 1/2 in. long. Translucent blue-purple berries. Grows fast and tends toward untidiness but is easily pruned as specimen plant or hedge. Tolerates salt spray. ‘Baggesen’s Gold’, to 4–6 ft. tall and wide, has foliage that is golden in sun (though very strong sun may burn leaves), chartreuse in shade. ‘Lemon Beauty’, to 4–6 ft. tall and wide, has dark green leaves edged in shades of lemon and chartreuse. ‘Red Tips’, to 4–6 ft. tall and wide, has deep raspberry red new growth that ages to dark green with red-tinted tips and edges. ‘Silver Beauty’, 3–4 ft. tall and wide (possibly up to 6 ft.), hasbright silver leaf margins.

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