Lonicera quinquelocularis

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Lonicera quinquelocularis Hardw.

Caprifoliaceae

Life form: shrub
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun - Exposure: half shade   6

Moisture: moderately moist bis Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: decidious

Shape: ovate

Division: simple

Shape: funnel-shaped
Fruit: berry

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Inflorescence: capituli

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Cornidae
Superordo:
Dipsacanae
Ordo:
Dipsacales

Lonicera quinquelocularis, commonly known as translucent honeysuckle, is a shrub with white to cream yellow flowers and translucent fruits.

Naming

Lonicera quinquelocularis was described by Thomas Hardwicke. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Lonicera quinquelocularis is a species in the genus Lonicera which contains approximately 128 to 432 species and belongs to the family of the Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family). The type species of the genus is Lonicera caprifolia.

Characteristics

Growth

The shrubs reach heights of 4 to 6 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Lonicera quinquelocularis is deciduous. The fern-green, simple leaves are opposite. They are ovate, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Lonicera quinquelocularis produces capituli of white funnel-shaped flowers from May to July.

The shrubs carry ornamental white berries.

Root System

Distribution

Lonicera quinquelocularis is native to Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Himalaya and Southwest China.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny to half-shady situation on fresh to moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. They tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6). The soil should be humous. The plants are less susceptible to an infestation with aphids if they are grown in half shade.

Uses

Suited for hedges and for shrub borders.

Maintenance and Propagation

  • Cut back last years flowering shoots to strong buds or healthy young growth after flowering. Remove a quarter of old shoots after flowering if plants need rejuvenation.

Propagate by sowing seed in a cold frame when seeds are ripe or by unripe cuttings in spring.

Cultivars

Poisonousness

Lonicera quinquelocularis is toxic.

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Pests and Diseases

Honeydew, galls and distorted leaves are a sign for an infestation with aphids. Use an insecticide or control biologically , e.g. with parasitic wasps or predators such as Aphidoletes aphidimyza.

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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