- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 4-5 ft (1.2-1.5 m) high, dense. Leaves opposite, simple, ovate to roundish, 6-16 mm long, entire, rounded at base, glossy (nitida: glossy) dark green, 1 mm petiole. Flowers creamy white, 6 mm long, in pairs. Fruit bluish-purple, 6 mm diam., translucent, late summer.
- Sun to light shade. Takes salt spray. Often hedged. Readily root from cuttings.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (6) 7 Native to China.
- Several cultivars, which differ in plant grown habit, leaf color and leaf size, including:
- Baggesen's Gold - new leaves golden
- Elegant, (Elegans) - grows to 1 m, branches loose, somewhat horizontal, spreading, leaves small, about 15 mm.
- Red Tips - burgundy new growth.
- Silver Beauty - silver leaf margins.
- Lonicera: after Adam Lonitzer (1528-86), German naturalist and herbalist.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: southeast Reed Lodge.