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Lonicera elisae

Lonicera elisae
 Lonicera elisaeLonicera elisae 
Price:  £12.95

Common name:  Shrub Honeysuckle
Flower colour:  Cream
Aspect:  Prefers full sun
Size:  Medium
Season:  Winter
Delivery:  Mail order or collection: see opening times
Soil:  Moist and well drained
Plant type:  Shrub
Image:  WTGN



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(Shrub Honeysuckle) A rare and elegant deciduous shrub honeysuckle from China, first described in 1883 and subsequently introduced into UK horticulture by Roy Lancaster in 1983 from specimens found in the mountainous areas of western Hubei province.

Lonicera elisae grows wild in forests and scrub from about 500m to 2300m altitude in south-west Anhui, south-east Gansu, Hebei, Henan, western Hubei, Sichuan and north west Zhejiang, in other words, throughout central China

Lonicera elisae is most noted for it delightful late winter to early spring flowering, at which time it produces a fine display of clusters of narrow, tubular sweetly fragrant creamy-white flowers with a rosy flush at the base. It may seem perverse for any plant to flower in winter but in common with other winter flowering shrubs such as Lonicera purpusii or Sarcococca, the plant is seeking to attract moths, which are drawn to fragrance rather than the more visual cues followed by bees and butterflies. Perhaps surprisingly there is no month in the UK, including the depths of winter, when there are no moth species active, a remarkable achievement for a supposedly cold-blooded creature!

The foliage of Lonicera elisae emerges after the end of the flowering period, and a soft purple on emergence and then maturing to a mid green.

Lonicera elisae is planted full sun or lightly dappled shade in moist but well drained soil. Cut out old wood in late spring to encourage new flowering wood which will ripen and form buds during the current year.. Fully hardy. H: 1-2m

introduced to cultivation in the west by Roy Lancaster from Western Hubei in 1983.

An extremely rare and lovely shrub, Lonicera elisae has a compact, upright habit and masses of delicate pale white, tubular flowers which appear on the branches in late winter. The new leaves are dark purple in colour turning to green as they age later in the year.

A medium sized garden shrub with beautiful flowers, Lonicera elisae grows best in a sunny, sheltered position. Lonicera elisae is named after Elisa Bailly de Vilmorin, wife of Louis de Vilmorin, as in Sorbus vilmorinii

Attractive Purple flushed shoots and leaves, dark green upper and blue green beneath turning deep crimson maroon in autumn. Red berries

We are a small and very busy working nursery and we do not have the capacity to continually update pot size information on our web shop as we are continually propagating and potting plants up.  Therefore any one plant type may be in different pot sizes at different times of year.  However, we hope the following notes will be useful

1.  We do not sell any plants in 'plug' sizes - all our plants are of a size that is appropriate for planting out in the garden.

2.  Early in the year herbaceous perennials may be in 9cm (1/2 litre) or one litre pots.  As we enter summer a lot of herbaceous perennials move on to 2 litre, 3 litre and occasionally 4 or even 5 litre pots.

3.  Shrubs are generally in 2 litre pots at minimum, moving up to 3, 4 and 5 litres as appropriate, occasionally 7.5 litres or even 10 litres

4. Our smallest trees may be in 3 litre pots but are generally in 7.5 to 10 litre pots, some moving on to 15 litres and occasionally 20 litres

5.  Flowering dogwoods, one of our specialities, are in pots ranging from 7.5 litres to 15 or occasionally 20 litre pots.

If you want to know the specific pots size of a plant please use the 'contact us' feature on the web shop, or call us on 01953 488163, although as we spend so much time on the guessed it... propagating and potting up plants you may need to leave a message which we will endeavour to answer the same day.

Our minimum charge for sending plants by overnight courier is £9.95 which will cover the cost of up to 10 small plants, for example herbaceous perennials.  This is an overnight service from when your plants leave the nursery which is normally Thursday, to arrive Friday - all ready for a great weekend in the garden.

The amount charged is calculated on the notional weight of plants, and you will find that a number of small plants, for example herbaceous perennials in 9cm, one litre or even two litre pots, can be bought for the same £9.95 shipping charge. 

Adding additional plants to your order will progressively, but moderately,  increase the shipping charge, but this is made entirely explicit in your shopping basket, where you can add or remove items and watch how the shipping charge alters accordingly.  The maximum charge for delivery is £18.95 which would cover an unlimited number of plants.

Due to the fact that, including the cost of the boxes and so on, we pay considerably more than £9.95 for each shipment, our delivery charges are in effect subsidised by us.  For that reason we have to ask for a minimum purchase of £25 before delivery in order minimise our losses.

For shipping to remoter addresses, for examples Highlands and Islands, Northern Ireland and so on, please contact  us and we will be able to provide you with a quotation.

We try to run Walnut Tree Garden Nursery in the most environmentally friendly manner possible.  These are some of the steps we have taken:

1. We only use peat free compost although occasionally young plants and propagation stock arrives in peat-based composts.  The balance of composts on the nursery is at least 90% peat free compared to peat.

2. We clean and re-use long life plastic pots where possible.

3. Customers can return the pots that came from us for re-use.

4. No single-use pots or trays (e.g. polystyrene bedding trays) are ever used.

5. We always hand water and do not use overhead sprinklers in order to minimise water waste.

6. We use biological control of pests where possible (e.g. parasitic nematodes against vine weevil)

7. We only use the bare minimum use of pesticides and fungicides – strictly on an 'as needed’ basis –after dusk and only on foliage to protect pollen and nectar seeking insects.

8. Mains electricity is 100% renewable, purchased from Bulb

9. Electricity is also supplied by on-site photovoltaic panels during daylight hours

10. Since May 2020 we donate to carbon-offset projects in order to compensate for carbon emissions relating to all aspect of our business (pot and compost production, deliveries, mail order couriers, leaflet printing and so on) .  As of November 2020 we have purchased 28 tonnes of carbon offsets.

11. We propagate as much of our stock on-site as possible, which reduces carbon miles.  Propagation material that we buy in is at as small a growth stage as possible to minimise carbon miles.  We often propagate from seeds: for example, a batch of seeds arriving by post might weight no more than 50-100 grams but which we will grow on to produce to 2-3,000 plants, in peat free compost, often in pre-used pots.

12.  In addition to all the herbaceous perennials and woody shrubs that we sell, we also sell approximately 500 trees annually.  Therefore, since we started the business in 1998  we have sold some 21,000 trees, hopefully leading to a cascade of environmental benefits in our customer's gardens.