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...and is this honestly a honeysuckle?

LavandeLavande Posts: 171

<p class="western" style="margin-bottom: 0in;">....just like the lilac thread:  I bought what was described as an evergreen honeysuckle last spring and it was just a tiny sprig of leaves.  I planted it in a pot and it grew very nicely and healthily - but it is so different from any honeysuckle I have ever had and I began to thing I'd been sold jasmine by mistake.   I looked the other day and saw that it is covered in not quite blossom but cream coloured furry hairy blooms <img src="smilies/eye_rolling_smiley.gif" alt="" name="graphics1" width="19" height="19" align="BOTTOM" />. It is not unattractive but so unusual and unexpected I haven't bonded with it yet.  If it is a genuine honeysuckle do you think I could pot it into a large square planter with 6ft trellis at right angles? (it's lying empty in slightly shaded pard of garden and needs a plant to look after)  If it is not a honeysuckle does anyone have any idea what it could be?  I've googled honeysuckle images but either the leaves are too big or the flowers have hairy fronds but also petals.



  • LoreaLorea Posts: 81

    Hi Lavande, it is a honeysuckle - it looks like lonicera nitida, although the leaves look a bit bigger. I have loads of it - it's full of bees at the moment. Like you, I had trouble believing it was from the same family as other honeysuckles which look so different.

  • LavandeLavande Posts: 171

    Thank you Lorea, it's amazing what a name can do - I googled nitida and suddenly I see my honeysuckle fill the screen.  I should move it then because although it's doing well, it's perhaps a bit too shaded where it is at the moment and there are no bees in that corner of the garden.  (which means I am now entitled to buy yet another plant to take its place in the shady cornerimage.

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