Lonicera fragrantissima

Scientific name: Lonicera fragrantissima


Common names: “Winter honeysuckle” “Sweetest honeysuckle”

Plant Type: Deciduous/Semi-evergreen shrub


Zone: 4-8

Light: Full sun – part shade, less flowers in shade

Exposure: Sheltered or exposed

Soil: Any soil, acid-alkaline

Moisture: Evenly moist, well drained


sweetest honeysuckle

Plant Size: H 6′-10′ W 6′-10′

Leaf and Stem shape: Simple ovate opposite leaves, old stems can have attractive exfoliating bark, newer stems have spiny bristles (more so on L. standishii)

Flower: Opposite paired cream white, tinged pink 2 lipped fragrant flowers, 5 petals 5 stamens, sometimes followed by red berries.  Bloom best on new but not newest wood mid-January

Pruning:  Do not use heading back cuts!  will ruin the natural vase shape

Maintenance: Prune out 1/3 of the stems to the base every year after flowering

Landscape use: Shrub borders, natural gardens, hedgerows, can be grown against a sunny wall, place where it can be enjoyed in the winter but will fade into the background in summer

Propagate: Easily propagated with semi-hardwood or hardwood cuttings, and layering

Pests & Disease: May get aphids or affected by powdery mildew

*Appears to be deer resistant

Comments: Attracts winter pollinators, difficult to differentiate between L. standishii which is an invasive species in some places, L. standishii tends to grow more upright with longer narrower leaves and more bristles on young shoots.



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