Lonicera quinquelocularis Hardw.
Lonicera quinquelocularis, commonly known as translucent honeysuckle, is a shrub with white to cream yellow flowers and translucent fruits.
Lonicera quinquelocularis was described by Thomas Hardwicke. The name is considered as validly published.
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.
The shrubs reach heights of 4 to 6 metres.
Wood and Bark
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.
Lonicera quinquelocularis is native to Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Himalaya and Southwest China.
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 -23Â°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.
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.
Lonicera quinquelocularis is toxic.
Please read the health issues note!
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.
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