Tatarian Honeysuckle

Posted by shane - January 12, 2017 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Shrubs - No Comments

Lonicera tatarica

Tatarian honeysuckle flowers.

This is a common shrub in older neighbourhoods and boulevards.  It has pretty pale, pink, or reddish flowers, nice leaf shape and grows to about 10′.  It tends to get leggy with age, but despite that can look nice as an accent, surrounded by various perennials in a garden bed.  The flowers are a welcome addition to spring.

Cats love the bark of this plant.  Cutting a few small rounds for your cats to maul will keep them happy.

Tatarian honeysuckle sometimes suffers attack by honeysuckle aphid, which disfigures the growing tips, and leaves the shrub looking terrible.

Exposure

Full sun

Pruning Time

Dormancy is best, so you can see what you’re working on.

Pruning

I prune these shrubs in the same manner as common lilac and American high-bush cranberry.

Crown Reduction

Not appropriate for this species.  Topping this shrub will leave it looking butchered.

Renovation

Strong plants readily sucker back from the cut stump.  Overgrown or neglected specimens can be rejuvenated in this manner.

 

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