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LONICERA tatarica 'Rosea'

Image of Lonicera tatarica 'Rosea'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Caprifoliaceae

Botanical Name

LONICERA tatarica 'Rosea'

Plant Common Name

Pink Tartarian Honeysuckle

General Description

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 the remarkable adaptability or ‘Rosea.’ The parent also claims a good number of cultivars offering varying flower colors and sizes, such as this one, which has clusters of bi-colored flowers. Its multi-stemmed, twiggy habit produces a densely branched shrub. The leaves are large, lance-shaped and blue-green. They drop in autumn without a show of fall color.

Small red flowers with pink interiors are borne in profusion starting in late spring. They have the familiar flaring shape of honeysuckle flowers and appear at the leaf axils in clusters and so look as though they are superimposed upon the leaves. The flowers are followed by red berries that ripen in summer and stand out sharply against the green leaves. However attractive, the fruits are also a nuisance, self-sowing so readily that this honeysuckle is invasive in the right conditions, such as prevail in the northeastern U.S. Birds eat the berries and contribute to spreading the seeds. Use ‘Rosea’ as a backgrounder, hedge, screen for privacy or to block unwelcome views. Add it to a wildlife garden to lure butterflies, hummingbirds and songbirds.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    10'-12' / 3.0m - 3.7m

  • Width

    6'-8' / 1.8m - 2.4m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Russia/Siberia, China

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Rose

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes