Lonicera ledebourii Lemon Beauty - Bush Honeysuckle
The nitida shub honeysuckle was introduced from Western China in 1908 by Ernest Wilson. Since then a number of different cultivars have come along. All are prized for their rapid growth and dense arching form as well as leaf colour. The small leaves slightly resemble those of common box; (Buxus sempervirens) hence the common name ""Poor Man's Box"". Frequently used for hedging or topiary it is favoured over Box for the rapidity of growth and favourable response to clipping. Pruning is only necessary to control growth or shape. The flowers are not significant however if you wish to maintain flower; prune away old flowering shoots immediately after flowering. If this shrub is grown as a hedge or topiary you can clip anytime from spring to autumn but avoid periods of hot weather which may cause scorch or die back on freshly pruned branches. Lemon Beauty has striking foliage with a green centre and lemon yellow variegated margins. Can also be grown as a border plant or in pots and containers. Use a good quality John Innes compost as this plant will be there a long time and peaty types of compost eventually degrade; become too packed and choke the roots. Ensure you feed regularly as a hungry plant is a poor performer. We recommend Osmoscote pro 12-14 month applied in the spring. One application gives all the nutrients the plant requires for the whole year. John Innes is a soils based compost.