Gerald L. Klingaman
Spicebush is a large early-blooming deciduous shrub with fragrant leaves that turn golden yellow in fall. It occurs in damp woodlands over much of eastern and central North America.
Large oval medium-green leaves with conspicuous veins are borne alternately along spicebush's speckled stems. Bruised leaves and twigs emit a fruity aroma. Fragrant, yellow-green flowers open from large globular buds in early spring before the leaves flush. Female plants produce attractive bright red berries in fall,...
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(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 pale pink to white-flowered species native to the arid mountains of central Asia, Pakistan and Afghanistan, blueleaf honeysuckle has proven to be adaptable to most soils and climates.
This shrub has a dense, multi-stemmed twiggy habit and bears large, pointed light green leaves with bluish undersides. Unfortunately the leaves do not turn color before dropping in autumn....
(Blue Velvet® Blueleaf Honeysuckle, Blueleaf Honeysuckle)
Cold hardy, drought tolerant and delicately beautiful in bloom, this very large upright deciduous shrub is carefree. Blueleaf honeysuckle is native to the arid mountains of central Asia, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Selection 'Floribunda' - marketed as Blue Velvet® - is known for its profusion of light pink flowers and more resplendent blue-gray tint to its leaves.
This shrub has a dense, multi-stemmed twiggy habit and bears large, pointed light grayish blue-green leaves with bluish undersides....
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...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Now notorious as an invasive weed, this large, upright to spreading shrub was once widely planted for its fragrant white blooms and its wildlife-attracting red berries. Native to Northeast Asia, this prolific, cold-hardy honeysuckle has naturalized over much of eastern North America, where it is considered a noxious invasive.
Oval, medium- to dark-green leaves with abruptly tapering, pointed tips occur in opposite pairs along the arching, grayish-tan, hollow stems of this densely branched shrub....
Lush in growth and flower, morrow honeysuckle greets very early summer with fragrant creamy ivory-becoming-yellow blossoms followed by attractive red fruits. A spreading arching deciduous shrub, it is native to Japan. In fertile soils with good moisture this plant reliably becomes invasive, especially as hungry songbirds eat and spread the seeds.
Young twigs are hairy and bears the tapered oval leaves that are bright green with blue undertones. Leaf undersides are fuzzy. In late spring to early...
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...