Peggy Greb, USDA/ARS
(Litchee, Litchi, Lychee)
A handsomely shaped tree, lychee boasts dark green foliage and crops of delicious, red, warty-skinned fruit with a sweet white flesh. A small evergreen tree from Southeast Asia (southern China to western Malaysia), it is slow growing but long-lived. The foliage is dark green, with very long and pointed leaves that are elliptical in shape with a lighter green underside. The overall canopy is billowy and rounded, and looks particularly pretty when the new growth emerges coppery red. In early spring,...
Pride of Place Plants, Inc.
(Honey Baby® Honeysuckle, Honeysuckle)
It took ten years for Dutch breeders to develop ‘Novso,’ a superior yellow-blooming fragrant honeysuckle with a compact habit and small size. It is a hybrid of the vigorous Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' and the cold hardy Lonicera periclymenum 'Belgian Select'). The result is a smaller, floriferous, fast growing shrub for beds and borders. Also known as Honey Baby, it grows with blue-green leaves on multiple upright stems that gather to make a dense shrub. Unfortunately the leaves...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Winter honeysuckle is a cold hardy, fountain shaped, semi-evergreen shrub grown for its intensely fragrant flowers that bloom in the depths of winter. The species is native to China where it is found in open woodlands--which suggest one good location in the garden. Slender, arching branches produce a graceful form that deserves to stand on its own. The leaves are large, oval, and medium green to blue-green, and the youngest twigs are purple.
The flowers are small and open, not trumpet-shaped like...
Cold hardy, drought tolerant and delicately beautiful in bloom, this very large upright deciduous shrub is perfectly carefree. A white-flowered species native to the arid mountains of central Asia, Pakistan and Afghanistan, it has proven to be adaptable to most soils and climates. The variety zabelii is identical to the species in all but the pink flowers. This shrub has a dense, multi-stemmed twiggy habit and bears large, pointed blue-green leaves. Unfortunately the leaves do not turn color...
Named boxleaf honeysuckle for the similarity of its sprays of twigs and tiny leaves to those of boxwood, the shrub, this large species is a popular evergreen hedge candidate. The species is native to southwestern China. Bushy and well branched, it produces small, leathery, oval dark-green leaves opposite one another with the pairs closely spaced on slender twigs. Evergreen, the leaves turn bronze to plum in the cold of winter. This fast-rowing plant can tend toward a rangy habit if not pruned periodically...
(Baggesen's Gold Box Honeysuckle, Box Honeysuckle)
This medium-sized gold-leafed honeysuckle brings brightness and contrast to the garden. Introduce in England in 1967, ‘Baggesen’s Gold’ is a sport (a lucky mutation) of a dark-green leaved species native to southwestern China. Bushy and well branched, it produces small, leathery, oval, bright-gold leaves opposite one another in pairs on twigs that grow in sprays from the branches, giving the plant a ferny look. They hang on until spring, brightening the drab months of winter. In an otherwise dormant...
(Box Honeysuckle, Lemon Beauty Box Honeysuckle)
Glowing, evergreen foliage and graceful branching make ‘Lemon Beauty’ a fortunate gift to gardeners from its dark-green ancestor, a shrub native to southwestern China. A dense, mounding, fine-branching shrub, it bears small, leathery, oval to linear green leaves that are outlined by distinctive lemon yellow margins. New stems add a purplish cast. The leaves hang on in mild climates to offer bright color throughout the drab winter months. In a dormant garden this definitely is a highlight. Although...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Box Honeysuckle, Silver Beauty Box Honeysuckle)
Gleaming, evergreen foliage and graceful branching make ‘Silver Beauty’ a fortunate gift to gardeners from its dark-green ancestor, a shrub native to southwestern China. A dense, mounding, fine-branching shrub, ‘Silver Beauty’ bears small, leathery, oval to linear green leaves that are outlined by distinctive silver margins. New stems add a purplish cast. The leaves hang on in mild climates to off their gleam throughout the drab winter months. In a dormant garden this definitely is a highlight. Although...
(White Tartarian Honeysuckle)
Supremely cold hardy and delicately beautiful in bloom, this very large upright deciduous shrub is perfectly carefree. It is descended from a species native to a large range from southern Russia to central China, a clue to its remarkable adaptability. This species also claims a good number of cultivars offering varying flower colors and sizes, such as this one, ‘Alba,’ which is white-flowered. A multi-stemmed, twiggy habit produces a densely branched shrub. The leaves are large and blue-green and...