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Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold'

Description: Related to the honeysuckle but not noted for flowers. Instead this shrubby version of Honeysuckle is noted for its small evergreen golden leaves and dense habit.The leaves are lime green in spring, golden in summer and turn bronzy in winter.

Uses:   This shrub is ideal for mass planting as a ground cover plant and for bringing golden colour to a darker corner. Easy and popular landscaping plant.

Climate/Position: Full sun for best golden colour though will grow in shade.

Height/Spread: 1.2m x 1.2m.

Soil Requirements: Any soil conditions though rich soils result in quickest growth.

Pruning:  Cut back new growth hard the first years after planting. Can then be left unpruned or if grown as a hedge prune or give a light trim in May and September depending on desired effect and formality. can be pruned with shears or mechanised hedge pruners

Additional Interest: The species was collected in China in 1908.