Thunderbolt® Box Honeysuckle Bush

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The Thunderbolt® Box Honeysuckle PP#26598 (Lonicera nitida 'Golden Glow') offers a gorgeous chartreuse display with many possibilities! A broadleaf evergreen with highly compact Box Honeysuckle with flashy foliage that can be either a cascading shrub with long neatly arranged leaves or a tightly clipped bright green low hedge!

Box Honeysuckle features creamy white flowers and small bluish-purple fruit in the fall, but the unique orderly tiny, oval glossy leaves are what take center stage! Arranged in neat pairs and forming mostly flattened sprays of growth, these have an elegant form when grown naturally and an incredibly compact and easy-to-maintain sheared form!

The Thunderbolt® Box Honeysuckle has a wonderful fragrance enjoyed by everyone! You will find many bees and butterflies seeking out the fragrant small, white, fragrant tubular flowers in the spring, and flocks of songbirds flitting about through your shrub searching for shelter, nesting, and gobbling up those little fruits.

This Box Honeysuckle Bush grows from 3-4 feet tall and wide. It's a great size for many possibilities! A native to China's Yunnan and west Sichuan regions, this understory shrub typically grows along streams, but does well here in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 to 9!

Planting and Application:

This Honeysuckle plant is a welcoming, bright green with a smaller leaf size and denser form than a normal Honeysuckle Bushes, making it a great hedge! Perfect for areas that may not have as much sun, where a vivid shrub or sheared hedge in year-round bright green is needed to light up a dappled sun area!

A wonderful and refreshingly bright green alternative to Boxwood and Cotoneaster, Box Honeysuckles are typically used as low-growing formal hedges or as sheared individual plants! You can let them grow naturally without pruning so it looks like a cascading groundcover!

Let Thunderbolt® spill over rocks in your Rock Garden, over the tops of retaining walls, or reflected in a pool of your Meditation or Zen garden! They'll tumble and cascade down a slope or hillside or garden edges in an elegant manner and fill the area with brilliant year-round color!

Pot Thunderbold® into a colorful decorative pot or large planter as either a filler, spiller, or the focal point thriller - either as a sheared and trimmed topiary or cascading accent! Container gardeners relish being able to decorate their balconies, porches, patios, and even your front entry with these bright shrubs that bridge both formal and informal garden styles!

Don't forget to snip a few stems for unique greenery in your bouquets and floral arrangements!

  • Neatly Paired Small Glossy Chartreuse Foliage
  • Cascading Ornamental Or Sheared Hedge
  • Low-Growing Broadleaf Evergreen
  • Tiny Fragrant White Flowers & Bluish-Purple Berries For Pollinators & Birds!
  • Gorgeous Hedges, Landscape Definition, Spilling Accent & Bright Ornamental

#ProPlantTips for Care:

This plant is cold-hardy and able to handle low temperatures with no issues! Provide dappled sun, part shade, or afternoon shade for your cute Box Honeysuckle plant! They are understory plants and don't like too much sun as it stresses them. In the hottest climates, they are a bit prone to sunburn in the brunt of the summer sun.

Adaptable to most soils as long as it drains. These evergreen shrubs do best when planted in well-drained soil, if you have trouble with drainage, raise the area by 18 inches, then plant in this raised berm.

Provide a 3-4 inch deep top-dressing of arborist mulch. Mulch does many beneficial things: conserves the water, and insulates the roots! Box Honeysuckle does not like extended drought and prefers regular moisture, so installing drip irrigation or soaker hoses along longer rows and throughout larger plantings helps immensely.

Pruning after flowering is the gardener's choice based on what they want. If you don't prune often, you will get a cascading look that appears as an ornamental groundcover. Instead of pruning each year, you can also renewal prune by removing the oldest fattest stems every 3-5 years and allowing the younger stems to take over. If the shrubs need more drastic pruning, they can simply be cut to the ground and allow them to re-grow from the roots for a fresh new look.

These shrubs bloom on last year's growth, so shear after the flowers fade. If you shear to shape, it becomes a neat, cute bush, but you will lose out on some of the fruit for birds.

  • Part Shade/Sun, Dappled Sun & Afternoon Shade
  • Well-Drained Organic Soil
  • Moderate to Moist Soil
  • Prune or Shear After Flowering
  • Lonicera Tolerate Salt Spray & Deer Seldom Bother Them

The Thunderbolt® Box Honeysuckle is an easy plant with professional garden results! Informal and formal depending on your landscape's needs, these vivid ornamentals are like a lightning strike in the garden and add their chartreuse flash to your design. Order now at Nature Hills Nursery!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

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Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Thunderbolt® Box Honeysuckle Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Lonicera nitida 'Golden Glow'
Type Broad-Leaved Evergreen
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Yellow
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes