• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Lonicera fragrantissima

Sweetest honeysuckle

Sweetest honeysuckle

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  • Other common names Sweetest honeysuckle
    Winter-flowering honeysuckle

  • Genus Lonicera can be deciduous and evergreen shrubs, or climbers with twining stems. The tubular or two-lipped flowers, often very fragrant, are followed by red or black berries

  • Family Caprifoliaceae / Caprifoliaceae

  • Species L. fragrantissima is a bushy deciduous shrub to 2m, with simple, ovate leaves to 6cm long, and pairs of very fragrant, 2-lipped cream flowers 1cm long in winter and early spring, sometimes followed by dull red berries

  • Plant range China

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Bushy

  • Fragrance Flower

  • Toxicity

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in well-drained soil

Propagation Propagate by semi-hardwood or hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 11

Pests May get aphids and thrips

Diseases May be affected by powdery mildew

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