Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida, sometimes called Wilson’s Honeysuckle) is a broadleaf evergreen shrub that make an excellent hedge. It grows quickly and with repeated shearing makes an incredibly dense screen with beautiful texture. Lonicera nitida can be kept around 3 feet tall up to 8 feet tall. It is a great boxwood substitute.
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About Box Honeysuckle
While less common in the United States, Box Honeysuckle is an extremely popular hedge in the UK. It is native to China. Its fine green foliage is similar to boxwood, and with consistent shearing it grows into a dense, thick hedge. It grows rapidly but responds well to pruning, so it can be maintained as either a small or a large hedge.
Lonicera Nitida grows well in full sun to light shade, and is hardy in USDA Zones 6-9. It is strongly deer resistant and has no serious disease issues. It tolerates drought, salt, and pollution well, and grows well in a wide range of soil types.
Box Honeysuckle is a great choice for replacing a boxwood hedge that has been infected with Boxwood Blight.
Planting Box Honeysuckle Tree Pots
Planting Box Honeysuckle tree pots as a hedge is simple, and how you space them depends on how tall you want your hedge to become eventually. For a 2’ tall hedge, space your tree pots 12” apart, on center (meaning from the center of the truck of each plant). For a 3’ or taller hedge, space the plants 12-18” apart on center. For more information on planting tree pots, click here.
Top Qualities of Box Honeysuckle
- 1. Evergreen Foliage
- 2. Fast Growth Rate
- 3. Deer and Rabbit Resistant
- 4. Disease Free
- 5. Low-Maintenance