Winter Honeysuckle, Sweet-Breath-of-Sping, January Jasmine
- Broadlead deciduous, or partly evergreen, shrub, 6-10(15) ft [1.8-3(4.5) m] high, equal spread, irregularly rounded, tangled mass of recurving branches. Leaves opposite, simple, elliptic to broad-ovate, 2.5-7.5 cm long, dull blue-green to dark green, midrib covered with bristles. Flowers small, about 1 cm or so, creamy white, not very showy, lemon-scented and extremely fragrant; in mild climates it may bloom from December into March. Fruit a berry, 6-8 mm diameter, dark red, hidden under the foliage, in late spring.
- Sun to partial shade. Prefers good loamy soil, moist, well-drained soil, avoid wet situations.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Native to eastern China.
- Caution: Lonicera fragrantissima, as well as several other "bush honeysuckles", is considered an invasive species of the forests of several southern states, in that area it is commonly known as Sweet-breath-of-sping and/or January jasmine.
- fragrantissima: very fragrant.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: east side (north end) of Weniger Hall.