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Lonicera nitida, Shrub Honeysuckle, is an evergreen hedging plant that will grow pretty much anywhere. It is great for regular clipping into a formal shape or as topiary.
Lonicera nitida is good for hedges up to about 2-3 metres high.
Lonicera nitida hedge plants are delivered bareroot during winter (Nov-March) and pot-grown year round.
Bareroot bushes are cheaper than pot grown plants. Pot grown plants are available in the largest sizes.
Choosing a size:
When you are ordering Lonicera nitida plants for a hedge, we generally recommend that you use bareroot plants or, if you are planting them outside of the winter season, pot-grown plants that are graded at 30/40cms. They are cheaper than large plants, easier to handle and they will establish well in poor conditions.
Use the larger sized pot-grown plants if you want a taller hedge quickly, if you want to clip them as topiary or for instant impact as a border shrub.
All our hedge plants are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots or pots aren't measured).
Spacing a Lonicera nitida hedge:
Plant bareroot Lonicera nitida hedging at 3 plants per metre, 33cms apart.
Plant the large, pot-grown bushes at 2 plants per metre, 50cms apart.
General description of Lonicera nitida plants:
Also known as boxleaf honeysuckle, this tough little plant makes a great alternative to boxwood and, unlike box, it has pretty, fragrant flowers. It is a great hedge plant for medium sized, formal barriers up to about 1.8 metres tall. The small, dense evergreen leaves clip perfectly. Shrub honeysuckle is ideal for topiary because it grows quickly.
If your site is very shady, we recommend box hedging instead.
History & uses of Shrub Honeysuckle :
This is a Chinese species, brought to Britain by Ernest Wilson.
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