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Red Tips Box Honeysuckle

Lonicera nitida 'Red Tips'

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Red Tips Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida 'Red Tips') at GardenWorks

Red Tips Box Honeysuckle foliage

Red Tips Box Honeysuckle foliage

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Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Boxleaf Honeysuckle, Shrubby Honeysuckle

Description:

Mostly grown for amazing deep green foliage tipped with burgundy; foliage is reddish purple when it emerges in the spring; tubular white flowers provide nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds; makes a fantastic hedge; sometimes confused with cotoneaster

Ornamental Features

Red Tips Box Honeysuckle has attractive burgundy-tipped green foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The tiny glossy oval pinnately compound leaves are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. It is draped in stunning lightly-scented creamy white tubular flowers at the ends of the branches in late spring. It produces deep purple berries in late summer.

Landscape Attributes

Red Tips Box Honeysuckle is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Red Tips Box Honeysuckle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Topiary

Planting & Growing

Red Tips Box Honeysuckle will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden  Groundcover  Topiary 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features


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