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Lonicera obovata

Dwarf spreading shrub about 1m wide, with prostrate branches bearing small mid-green leaves, the pairs of bell-shaped, pale yellow flowers to 1cm long often appear with the new leaves in spring, followed by bluish-purple berries

Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow Green
Summer Green Blue Purple
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Caprifoliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Trailing
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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Himalaya

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow shrubby honeysuckle in any well drained soil in full sun or partial shade. See honeysuckle (shrubby) cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by seed as soon as ripe, semi-ripe cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 2

Pests

May be susceptible to honeysuckle aphids, Thrips and glasshouse whitefly

Diseases

May be susceptible to Powdery mildews, leaf spot (fungal) and silver leaf

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