Syn. Lonicera translucens
Native Region: Pakistan, Himalayas to Western China
Zone Range: 6-9
Preferred Climate: Full to semi sun; well draining humus rich acidic soils
Harvest Date: Tuesday 06 December, 2011
Seed count: 12-15
A distinctive woody shrub with dense arching branching. Highly fragrant soft yellow flowers are borne in pairs (singlular or multiple) along the leaf axils creating a profuse display from May to July. In autumn, unusual translucent milky fruits are perfect 7mm orbs where you can clearly see a black seed suspended within. Lovely blue-green oval foliage has a downy underside. Pale shedding bark on older wood, purple tinted new growth. No disease problems to date.
Soak seed 24-36 hours. If you sow in containers, do so in late winter to early spring as seed needs 2 months cold stratification. Cover seed 5mm and give a thin layer of fine mulch if you have it. Keep moist. Don't let freeze. If you baggie sow, use enough fine milled moist peat to keep seed moist. Give 2 months of 2-5C in the fridge then give gentle warmth.