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Baggesen's Gold Box Honeysuckle

Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold'

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Baggesen's Gold Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

Baggesen's Gold Box Honeysuckle foliage

Baggesen's Gold Box Honeysuckle foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Baggesen's Gold Box Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida 'Baggesen's Gold') at Meadows Farms Nurseries

Baggesen's Gold Box Honeysuckle

Baggesen's Gold Box Honeysuckle

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5b

Other Names:  Boxleaf Honeysuckle, Shrubby Honeysuckle


Valued for its very showy white flowers in spring and tiny gold variegated leaves; the fruit is purple and inedible and rarely forms when clipped regularly; makes a fantastic hedge; sometimes confused with cotoneaster

Ornamental Features

Baggesen's Gold Box Honeysuckle has attractive gold-variegated green foliage. The tiny glossy oval pinnately compound leaves are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. It is clothed in stunning lightly-scented creamy white tubular flowers at the ends of the branches in late spring. It produces deep purple berries in late summer.

Landscape Attributes

Baggesen's Gold Box Honeysuckle is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Insects
  • Disease

Baggesen's Gold Box Honeysuckle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Topiary

Planting & Growing

Baggesen's Gold Box Honeysuckle will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Massing  Screening  Garden  Groundcover  Topiary 
Flowers  Fruit  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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