The Lonicera Nitida or Box Honeysuckle has glossy dark green leaves that will form an extremely dense evergreen garden hedge of medium height – it is recommended to keep it below 1.5m as it is prone to flopping beyond this height. If your garden is troubled by rabbits and/or deer, Lonicera Nitida is an excellent choice as herbivorous wildlife tends to leave it alone.
Lonicera Nitida At-A-Glance
Foliage Type: Evergreen
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Soil type: Acid or Alkaline
Preferred situation: Sun or Partial Shade
Growth Rate: Medium
Soil and Situation: Most soils including sand or clay. Prefers sun but will tolerate shade better than most other honeysuckles.
Maintenance: Clip once or twice a year and keep under 1.5m.
Versatility: It will be happy in most gardens as a hedge or specimen plant
And finally: The gardens of Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s holiday retreat on the Isle of Wight, features topiary Lonicera Nitida shrubs in the shape of stags rising from beds of Felicia amelloides, Festuca glauca, and scarlet pelargoniums.
Lonicera Nitida is also popular among bonsai enthusiasts and is a good place for beginners to start.