Wilson's Evergreen Box Honeysuckle

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General Info Shrub, Wildlife Value
Shade Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Wet
Type Evergreen, Hedging, Screening
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SIZES 1-10 11-5051-250251-10001001+
30/40 cm Bareroot Out of Stock £3.48Out of Stock£2.88Out of Stock£2.46Out of Stock£2.28Out of Stock£2.04
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Lonicera Nitida, Evergreen Shrubby Honeysuckle Hedging

Lonicera nitida is sometimes known as 'the poor man's box', an unfair description, but it does sum up a little of what the Box or Shrub Honeysuckle does best which is to provide a really bushy, evergreen hedge of tiny opposing leaves that can be clipped closely and will grow happily in most environments. The leaves are a dark, matt green and mesh to form a very solid looking hedge. Although part of the honeysuckle genus, its flowers are weeny and white, but are fragrant and occur in spring. It will look good as a formal clipped hedge up to two metres tall. After that it can tend to look straggly and you may lose some leaf coverage at the base of the plant.

View our selection of evergreen hedging plants or see our full range of hedging.

A shrub for your garden

Lonicera nitida is a cheaper and quicker way of achieving an evergreen, medium-sized hedge than box, but you must use the latter if you are trying to grow your hedge in the shade of other trees or of your house. It grows reasonably quickly, so you will attain your hedge structure fast, but you will need to clip a couple of times during the summer to maintain a crisp profile. If you want a taller evergreen hedge, have a look at yew for another option.

For the artistic amongst you, it is highly amenable to being topiarised into wonderful shapes.

The twigs are supple when young, and easily trained. The vigorous, bushy habit that makes it popular as an evergreen hedging plant also means that the more you clip, the thicker it grows, quickly camouflaging any supports.

At Osborne House in the Isle of Wight, Queen Victoria's garden contained Lonicera nitida stags emerging from a bedding planting of pelargoniums and Festuca glauca. For those who are more relaxed and want a less precise hedge, Lonicera's way of becoming a little shaggy and unkempt if left to its own devices has a charm of its own when surrounded by perennial grasses or in a cottage garden. 


  • Size: up to 2 m
  • Soil: any
  • Use: hedging/topiary
  • Single Row: 3 per metre
  • Colour: dark green
  • Feature: fast growing, evergreen

Did You Know?

Brought over from China by Ernest Wilson, one of the greatest plant hunters, who worked for James Veitch and died in 1930. He travelled round the world bringing back Clematis armandii, Berberis and many other plants without which our gardens would be bereft. Perhaps his most amazing find was the Actinidia deliciosa vine in China, now known as the kiwi fruit. 

Anyone with an interest in bonsai should give it a try, it is an ideal species for a beginner.

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Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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