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Lonicera nitida

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: nitida (NI-ti-duh) (Info)

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Rickwebb On Jan 22, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

My biggest customer, a plant enthusiast, has a specimen in her complicated landscape of about 200 species in the backyard in southeast Pennsylvania. During the ten years I've seen it, it has remained about 3 feet high and 4 or 5 ft wide. It is the cultivar 'Baggesen's Gold' that has had green foliage in the part-shade location. Check the cultivar down the list in this Dave's garden.

Positive darius On Jul 10, 2002, darius from So.App.Mtns.
United States (Zone 5b) wrote:

This shrub adds a great spot of bright color to my perennial beds, and looks good all year long. Slow grower. Mine has not flowered in the 3 years I've had it.

Neutral Baa On Nov 4, 2001, Baa wrote:

Evergreen shrub from South Western China.

Has numerous small, glossy, opposite, ovate, dark green leaves. Bears small, white, tubular flowers in Spring, sometimes followed by bluish, round berries.

Flowers March-May

Likes a well drained soil in full sun or partial shade.

Great in hedges or as topiary subjects.

Cut back flowered shoots to younger growth or buds. Take out a quarter of old branches from the base, each year.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Monticello, Georgia
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Bellingham, Washington

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