Lonicera pileata

box-leaf honeysuckle

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

  • © Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks

Outstanding Qualities

Lonicera pileata with its evergreen boxwood-like foliage and low spreading habit has small, fragrant, funnel-shaped creamy-white flowers in May and pretty, violet-blue translucent berries in winter. Lonicera pileata makes a good groundcover, where a branch touches the ground it will root-in and slowly spread over time. This box-leaf honeysuckle is salt tolerant and does well in seashore plantings. Lonicera pileata also works well as a companion plant for deciduous trees like the Pacific Northwest native maple, Acer circinatum.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: spreading shrub

Foliage Type: evergreen

Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: cream

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light, open or dappled shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering during dry weather

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: purple, red, burgundy

Great Color Partners: chartreuse, dark green, silver, gold

Culture Notes
Grow this tough evergreen shrub in a moist to well-drained location. It will also perform well in sand or clay with adequate drainage. It will grow best in full sun to dappled shade. Provide occasional watering during dry weather, although in shade it is drought tolerant. If kept too dry in sun the foliage can burn. It responds well to pruning and can easily be shaped and sheared.