Lonicera, Box Honeysuckle, Boxleaf Honeysuckle 'Baggesen's Gold'

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)
Cultivar: Baggesen's Gold
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Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


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

Phenix City, Alabama

Baltimore, Maryland

Asheville, North Carolina

Albany, Oregon

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Arlington, Tennessee

Arlington, Virginia

Keller, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Lacey, Washington

Seattle, Washington (2 reports)

Shoreline, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

My biggest customer, a plant enthusiast, has had one planted in her landscape in the backyard in southeast PA in USDA Zone 6b. Years ago it used to die to the ground, but during the last about ten years it has remained about 3 ft high and 4 to 5 ft wide, and it does not display yellow foliage, but in the part-shade location it has displayed shiny, dark green foliage. Maybe the mail order nursery made a mistake and it is really 'Elegant'.


On Aug 11, 2012, gruwellfam2 from Seattle, WA wrote:

We purchased this shrub from a high end nursery near Seattle. The tag said (besides the name) that it blooms mid-late summer followed by bluish purple fruit in late summer. We planted last spring (2011) and there are no blooms and no fruit? I see here it is grown for it's foliage. Why would they sell it with a tag making you think it is going to do that?


On Feb 25, 2010, wooffi from Arlington, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

We have had this little guy in containers throughout our humid Memphis TN summer and through a unusual cold winter (prolonged 5-10 degrees).

This plant looks good as ever.

We will try to have it for sale soon.


On Aug 28, 2006, growin from Beautiful, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

An excellent small shrub that brightens up a dark spot. Prefers some shade and cooler conditions for best colour and growth. Trim for shape - can look like a B-52's beehive. Easily propagated from cuttings.


On Jan 14, 2006, darius from So.App.Mtns.,
United States (Zone 5b) wrote:

I love the texture and color of this shrub. Occasionally some small part would die back over winter in zone 6b, but overall it was hardy.


On Aug 26, 2005, Leehallfae from Seattle, WA wrote:

This is a good-looking shrub. Easy care. Water it occasionally, after it is well established.

So far, it is flourishing in the shade.