Winter honeysuckle or Lonicera fragrantissima is a
wonderful shrub to add to your landscape. At the Memphis Zoo, we have it
planted all throughout the zoo. It is a semi-deciduous shrub. It can get 10
feet tall and wide at maturity.
To maintain a healthy looking shrub, every other year take out
the biggest limb at the base of the shrub. This will allow young growth to
expand and mature. You do not need to trim the top unless to keep it at a
certain height. It is best planted where it can expand to its mature height and
It is blooming at this time of year. A clean honeysuckle scent
carried on the wind. The fragrant white blossoms cover the shrub like a spray
The foliage is bluish-green staying on the shrub until late fall.
When a mild winter occurs, leaves remain on the branches. The leaves are elliptical.
Lonicera fragrantissima loves full sun and well-drained
soil. When creating a bed for the shrub, add compost and till to a depth of six
to eight inches. Placement should be given to how big and wide the shrub can
become. At the Memphis Zoo, this wonderful plant is used as a screen along the
Galloway/ Prentiss roadway. Enjoy your next visit to the Memphis Zoo.