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Little Lemon Zest Honeysuckle*

Lonicera nitida 'Little Lemon Zest'

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Little Lemon Zest Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida 'Little Lemon Zest') at Shonnard's Nursery

Little Lemon Zest Honeysuckle foliage

Little Lemon Zest Honeysuckle foliage

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Boxleaf Honeysuckle, Shrubby Honeysuckle


Valued for its very showy white flowers in spring and green foliage with wide cream margins; the fruit is purple and inedible and rarely forms when clipped regularly; makes a fantastic low hedge; sometimes confused with cotoneaster

Ornamental Features

Little Lemon Zest Honeysuckle has attractive green foliage edged in creamy white on a plant with an upright spreading habit of growth. The tiny glossy oval pinnately compound leaves are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. It is clothed in stunning lightly-scented creamy white tubular flowers at the ends of the branches in late spring. It produces deep purple berries in late summer.

Landscape Attributes

Little Lemon Zest Honeysuckle is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Little Lemon Zest Honeysuckle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Topiary

Planting & Growing

Little Lemon Zest Honeysuckle will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Screening  Garden  Groundcover  Topiary 
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features