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White Honeysuckle, Western White Honeysuckle, White Bush Honeysuckle, Bushy Honeysuckle
Lonicera albiflora var. albiflora


The Blackland Prairie, sandy soils and Cedar Brakes of Central and North-central Texas and Oklahoma, rocky slopes, limestone outcrops and cliffs of New Mexico, Arizona and Mexico are the preferred habitats of white honeysuckle. It is a trailing shrub or partly twining vine bearing smooth, rounded to oval, olive green leaves. As with L. sempervirens, the upper pair of leaves fuse to form a disc. In late spring white to yellowish-white, non-fragrant flowers form in a terminal cluster followed by translucent reddish-orange fruit in October and November. The fruit have been used as an emitic and cathartic. White honeysuckle is a good choice for hot, rocky places, but may need some additional water if grown in full sun to prevent the leaf margins from scorching. Overhead watering may cause powdery mildew. Growers have found that white honeysuckle does not thrive well in the standard nursery pine-bark soil mix.

Plant Habit or Use: medium shrub

Exposure: sun
partial sun

Flower Color: white

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: reddish-orange berry

Height: 4 to 9 feet

Width: 3 to 5 feet

Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: alkaline

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

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