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Is Lonicera Nitida Elegant good for a boxwood alternative?

Posted by AshlieNeevel 8 (My Page) on
Thu, Feb 20, 14 at 5:32

Hi everyone I would like to know if lonicera nitida Elegant is a good hedge alternative to boxwood? If not that specific type which type?

thanks


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RE: Is Lonicera Nitida Elegant good for a boxwood alternative?

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 21, 14 at 0:37

Not as cold tolerant as box.


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Im zone 8 but sometimes it gets as cold as zone 7 here.


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My boxwoods have had a limited life span. After about 20 years, most are dead or dying. The last 4-5 years thay were not attractive. I am into edible landscape, so I am considering replacing my boxwoods with cranberry bushes. Has anyone tried these in their landscapes on the border of their walks?


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Ive never even heard of cranberry bushes. Can they be trimmed into neatly clipped hedges?


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  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Sat, Feb 22, 14 at 3:52

Viburnum opulus and V. trilobum are nothing like box and box-like shrubs, and do not lend themselves to close trimming.

Box honeysuckle is not as slow-growing, dense and tidy as dwarf boxes such as 'Suffruticosa'. Winters where it gets down to approximately 10 F. or somewhat below are sufficient to kill it back.

Temperature ranges attributed to hardiness zones are based on averaging of annual lows, so there is no single temperature specific to a particular zone - and no combination of winter conditions specific to any one zone. Any of multiple different zones can over a span of time have several different winters that got down to [insert temperature here].


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I use Lonicera pileata for both hedging and dark green 'relief' in the garden. It thrives in shade and sun and gets ornamental black berries. A very useful plant. There is a low-growing version as well ('Royal Carpet').


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I'm needing to replace lots of boxwood due to blight. I was wondering the same about hedging the Lonicera Nitida. I was also looking at Dwarf Boxleaf Euyonmus -Euonymus japonicus "Microphyllus", and Ilex Crenata Soft touch or Hoogendorn. I was wondering if anyone had used any of these for low tight hedging like boxwood? Thanks.


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RE: Is Lonicera Nitida Elegant good for a boxwood alternative?

Hey ALL50 you would probably do better to pose your question in its own thread so it appears at the top of the listing so people will see it.

I went ahead and planted boxwoods. I planted 310 of them. Here is a pic


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RE: Is Lonicera Nitida Elegant good for a boxwood alternative?

I didn't realize that this was bumped up to the top of the list. I mispoke all50. You still might do better to start a fresh thread


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