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.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: purple, red, burgundy
Great Color Partners: chartreuse, dark green, silver, gold
Culture NotesGrow 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.
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Plant Type: spreading shrub
Foliage Type: evergreen
Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 8 ft. 0 in. (2.44 m.)
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