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Silver Beauty Box Honeysuckle*

Lonicera nitida 'Silver Beauty'

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Silver Beauty Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida 'Silver Beauty') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Silver Beauty Box Honeysuckle foliage

Silver Beauty Box Honeysuckle foliage

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Boxleaf Honeysuckle, Shrubby Honeysuckle

Description:

Mostly grown for its silver variegated foliage; prefers a drier site and less fertile soil; tubular white flowers provide nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds; makes a fantastic hedge; prune out branches that revert to green

Ornamental Features

Silver Beauty Box Honeysuckle has attractive silver-variegated green foliage. The tiny glossy oval pinnately compound leaves are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. It is bathed 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

Silver Beauty 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

Silver Beauty Box Honeysuckle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Silver Beauty 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 particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for poor, 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.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
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