Evergreen Honeysuckle

Lonicera splendida

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lonicera (luh-NIS-er-a) (Info)
Species: splendida (SPLEN-did-uh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Blue-Green

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Hardiness:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pale Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Feb 11, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Rare even in Great Britain, this twining honeysuckle is grown mainly for its glaucous foliage, which is blue enough for the color to read well from a distance. The flowers are highly fragrant and similar to those of the closely related L. periclymenoides and L. etrusca.

Despite the common name, this is no more evergreen than the other twining honeysuckles, which tend to be evergreen in the deep south and deciduous in the northern US.

Hillier calls it "fastidious in its requirements". Where it grows well, it is vigorous and can grow up to 6' in a single season.

I can find no evidence that it's in cultivation in N. America.

Native to southeastern Spain, it is hardy on a wall in Aberdeen, Scotland (USDA Z8), and perhaps colder. Its ... read more

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