Lonicera nitida Hedge Plants Description
This is a dense, bushy, fast growing, hardy evergreen and a very popular choice for those who want a medium height evergreen hedge (up to about 2m). Its densely packed leaves, borne on long stems, are tiny so it forms a very dense hedge. It has a high tolerance of clipping which makes it ideal as a neat, formal hedge and produces small, scented off-white flowers in spring with purple-blue berries developing in the autumn, particularly followng a good summer. Lonicera nitida is a very common hedging plant despite few people knowing its name - we hope our photograph helps to make it recognisable. It is also referred to as Shrubby Honeysuckle, Box Honeysuckle or Wilson's Honeysuckle.
Due to its fast growth rate and tiny leaves on supple stems, it's also a very popular choice for topiary. It is easily trimmed in Summer and Autumn. Lonicera Nitida is suitable for shady sites, and most soil types, but not wet or windy sites, or seaside gardens. Don't let hindering planting conditions deter your gardening goals, we supply a huge range of hedging plants for shade and hedging for exposed sites. View also our entire range of evergreen hedging for additional options that provide year-round interest.
Lonicera (Lonicera nitida) is a popular substitute for Box hedging plants for its ability to be trimmed into a variety of shapes and its resistance to most diseases including the blight that can affect Box. We have a section dedicated to Box Hedging Alternatives to view our suggested hedging plants.
Cell grown, pot grown and instant hedging plants are available all year round. Bare roots are only available from November to late April/early May.
The wonderful green foliage of this species enhances colourful aspects of other plants when planted together. See also our extensive range of hedging with colourful foliage.
Recommended planting densities for pot grown plants are shown but this is very much a matter of choice and you can increase or reduce the density depending on your level of patience. Cell grown plants are normally planted at 4 per metre in a single row or 6 per metre in a double staggered row.
For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section
Lonicera nitida (Box Honeysuckle) grows quickly, however it is exceptionally easy to clip and will stand being clipped fairly frequently without detriment to the plant. If you wish to keep your hedge to a desired shape and height, you will need to maintain its shape with regular clipping through the growing season.
If left to grow, the plant will develop long shoots which will tend to arch and then flop fairly quickly as they gain height and length. However, with its small leaved habit and delicate stems, trimming back even from this point is not a major task.
Lonicera nitida is a fantastic option for topiary with its dense, small leaved habit and is remarkably easy to trim into shapes. The advantage of using Lonicera nitida for topiary as opposed to Box for example, is that if you overtrim your topary shape, it won't take long to grow back, at which point you can perfect your look! Its speed of growth also allows for larger shapes to be developed more quickly for extra wow factor in your garden.
is available on all orders providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:
|Packaging Type||Standard Delivery Charge||Minimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery|
|Small Box (Bare Roots up to 1.2m)||£18 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Box (Pots up to and incl. 7.5L)||£18 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Large/Tall Box (Tall bare roots 1.2m +)||£24 delivery charge (orders up to £120 incl VAT)||Orders of £120 and over - FREE|
|Pallet (Root balls, large pots, trees etc)||£60 delivery charge (orders up to £240 incl VAT)||Orders of £240 and over - FREE|
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