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What is this plant? (4 replies)

Holly Taylor
4 years ago
Holly Taylor 4 years ago

Hi,

I am having trouble trying to identify this plant.  I came across it in my garden and someone said it may be a honeysuckle, but I don't know if this correct or what variety it is.

Any help would be much appreciated 🙂

Thank you.

Andrew

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Florexpert
Florexpert
3 years ago
Florexpert 3 years ago

Hi Andrew,

It does look like a honeysuckle, but a positive ID is difficult without a few more details. It may be Lonicera maackii or L. morowii, perhaps even L. x purpusii.

A few questions to narrow it down:

When does it flower?

Is it evergreen?

What colour are the berries (I presume red)?

Any more details that might help, like colour change of flowers from white to cream 🙂

(unknown)
3 years ago
(unknown) 3 years ago

Thanks for coming back to me. Here are my answers... 🙂

When does it flower?

It appeared to flower at the end of October/ early November.

Is it evergreen?

Yes it kept its leaves all year round

What colour are the berries (I presume red)?

I haven’t actually seen any berries on it yet. Saying that the weather hasn’t been so nice so I haven’t been able to check.

Any more details that might help, like colour change of flowers from white to cream

I will double check on the flowers this weekend and come back to you. Thanks for your help Florexpert. I’m really keen to work out what it is so any advice/ help you can give is appreciated.

Florexpert
Florexpert
3 years ago
Florexpert 3 years ago

Hi Andrew,

If your unknown shrub carries on flowering through the winter and if it is fragrant, then that narrows down the plant ID to only three possibilities:

- L. fragrantissima

- L. standishii

- L. x purpusii, which is the result of crossing the 2 species above. This is the most likely candidate, especially the cultivar 'Winter Beauty', because of the purple stems. If it ever produces berries, they should be a dull red.

Glad I could help out 🙂

Doris
3 years ago
Doris 3 years ago

I agree with Florexpert - looks like winter beauty to me - I have one by my front door, smells nice in the winter and attracts brave little bees looking for nectar on a mild winter's day. Mine is very vigorous and needs a good chop every year.





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