Lonicera x purpusii

24 Jan

Lonicera x purpusii flower (21/01/2012, Kew, London)

Lonicera x purpusii flower (21/01/2012, Kew, London)

Position: Full sun to partial shade

Flowering period: Winter, early spring

Soil: Moist, well-drained

Eventual Height: 2m

Eventual Spread: 2.4m

Hardiness: 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Lonicera x purpusii is a semi-evergreen rounded bushy shrub with a somewhat messy appearance. Its bright green leaves are ovate. The fragrant flowers are white/ cream with yellow anthers emerging from the petals and are up to 15mm across.

Lonicera x purpusii, commonly known as Shrubby Honeysuckle, Winter Honeysuckle  or Winter-Flowering Honeysuckle. Lonicera x purpusii is a cross between Lonicera fragrantissima and Lonicera standishii and was produced in Darmstadt Botanic Gardens in the 1920’s. Both its parents were introduced into the UK by Robert Fortune in 1845.

Lonicera x purpusii (21/01/2012, Kew, London)

Lonicera x purpusii (21/01/2012, Kew, London)

The etymological root of the binomial name Lonicera was derived from the German naturalist, Adam Lonicer. Purpusii was named after two German plant collectors, the brothers Carl Albert Purpus and Joseph Anton Purpus.

The landscape architect may find Lonicera x purpusii useful as a fragrant semi-evergreen winter flowering shrub, particularly in shady locations.

Lonicera x purpusii Leaf (23/01/2011, London)

Lonicera x purpusii Leaf (23/01/2011, London)

Ecologically, Lonicera x purpusii is attractive to pollinating insects.

The Royal Horticultural Society has given the variety Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ their it prestigious award of Garden Merit in 1993.

Lonicera x purpusii prefers most, humus rich, well drained soils. It will tolerate most pH of soils.

Lonicera x purpusii requires little maintenance. If pruning, to tidy its appearance, this should be carried out after flowering.

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2 Responses to “Lonicera x purpusii”

  1. Eldora Lapadula 25/01/2011 at 16:57 #

    what a fine examine.

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