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Lonicera standishii
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Standish's honeysuckle

A deciduous to semi-evergreen, bushy shrub, to 2.5m high and wide, with ovate leaves. Leaves and stems are bristly and, when mature, the plant may have peeling bark. Scented, white-cream flowers, often tinged pink, appear in winter to early spring on bare stems. Red berries may appear in early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Cream Green
Summer Green Red
Autumn Green
Winter Cream Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Caprifoliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Semi evergreen
Habit
Bushy
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
China

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade; flowers will be produced more profusely in full sun

Propagation

Propagate by greenwood cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 2

Pests

Generally pest free but may be affected by aphids and thrips

Diseases

Usually trouble free but may be affected by powdery mildews in dry soils

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