Although Alpine honeysuckle is native to the mountains of central European, where it prefers full sun, it nevertheless thrives when planted in shadier spots. A fairly low and dense shrub, the leaves – large for a honeysuckle - are a shiny dark green on their upper surface. In shape they are oval-lanceolate with short stalks, the under-surface paler and hairy when young. The small flowers, long-tubed, are yellowish, the bract often reddish, as are the ovary bracteoles. The flowers are usually in pairs at the end of a stalk.
The shiny red berries, 12-13mm in diameter, like small cherries, are produced in pairs, gleaming brightly against the green foliage. This hardy shrub is thus rather colourful and as it also grows well in partial shade there is always a place for it in gardens of all kinds. (info source: mustila.fi)
Genus - Lonicera
Species - Alpigena
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 7
Height - 40"-90" / 1 - 2.20 m
Spread - 120"-180" / 3 - 4.50 m
Plant type - Shrub
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, laom, Sand, well drained
Water requirements - Dry to moist, drought tolerant
Landscape uses - Fragrant Flowers, Good For Hedge, Drought Tolerant
Bloom season - Early Summer, Early Spring, Late Summer, Late Spring, Mid Summer, Mid Spring
Leaf / Flower color - Dark Green / Yellow, white
1. Soak seeds for 24 hours in warm water. Place seeds in paper towels that have been a little bit wet and wrung out. Fold towel up, put in a baggie, and store in the refrigerator for the cold period (60 days).Check the paper towel once a week to make sure it is moist.
2. Fill small seeding pots or a seeding tray with commercial potting soil. This type of soil is guaranteed to be disease and seed free. Leave about a half inch clear at the top of the containers.
3. Push a stratified seed into each seeding pot or tray cell, just below the surface of the soil. Push soil over the seed hole.
4. Spray water over each pot to moisten the soil. Place the pots onto a tray. Cover the pots with a sheet of plastic wrap.
5. Place the seed pot tray in front of a sunny window. Remove the plastic wrap and spray the seeded soil every day. Do not overwater them, creating mud.
6. Remove the plastic wrap when germination begins in two to six weeks. Continue to keep the soil moist.
7. Transplant the seedlings when they reach a height of 2 to 3 inches and the last frost has passed in early spring in your location.
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