Herb: Boxleaf Honeysuckle

Latin name: Lonicera nitida

Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)

Description of the plant:


3 m
(9 3/4 foot)

Habitat of Boxleaf Honeysuckle:

In scrub and along streams, 1300 - 2100 metres in Yunnan and W. Sichuan.

Other uses of the herb:

Can be grown as a medium sized hedge. It is very fast growing but needs lots of trimming. It is quite frequently used as a hedge plant in Britain. The forms "Graziosa" and "Maigrün (Maygreen) can be used as ground cover plants.

Propagation of Boxleaf Honeysuckle:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 2 months cold stratification and should be sown as soon as possible in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with or without a heel, July/August in a frame. Good percentage. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 15 - 20cm with or without a heel, November in a cold frame. Good percentage. Layering in autumn.

Cultivation of the herb:

In scrub and along streams, 1300 - 2100 metres in Yunnan and W. Sichuan.

Medicinal use of Boxleaf Honeysuckle:

None known

Known hazards of Lonicera nitida:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.