Lonicera standishii is a deciduous or semi-evergreen honeysuckle that is highly valued for its abundance of small, early flowers, borne on the bare branches towards the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The tubular, two-lipped flowers are creamy white with pink-tinged centres and are also strongly scented to attract native pollinators, especially bees. These flowers are followed by red or black berries, inedible to humans, but a feast for the birds.
The shrub itself forms a bushy habit with ovate, slightly bristly leaves. Once mature the bark of thicker stems will peel. While a good, hardy plant for a partially shady border, it will flower more profusely in full sun.
Pot Size: 3L
Common Name: Standish's Honeysuckle
Height and Spread: 1.50-250cm x 1.50-250cm
Preferred Soil Type: Fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
Aspect: Full sun / Partial shade (it flowers better in full sun)
Flowering Period: February – March