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Winter-flowering shrub

Observed: 7th January 2012 By: MrGMrG’s reputation in PlantsMrG’s reputation in PlantsMrG’s reputation in Plants
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Description:

Multi-stemmed shrub about 1m high with white flowers. These flowers were also present in mid-November when the photo with the leaves was taken; the leaves have fallen since. The flowers have prominent anthers.

Identifications
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    Likely ID
    Lonicera fragrantissima
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
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Comments

KelsaeJohn's picture

Winter flowering shrub

Although I can't be certain - L. fragrantissima seems the most likely. A shrub of Chinese origin and one of the few which produce flowers in winter. (Dec. - Mar.) is the normal flowering period for this species. (I wonder if MrG had a sniff of the flower? - It is very fragrant.

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Thanks for the id. I thought

Thanks for the id. I thought Lonicera were only climbers but realise now that many are shrubs. This species tends to get overlooked by the showier blooms of other species until one does a specific search. Unfortunately I didn't smell the flowers.

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Lonicera fragrantissima

I grow this at home in my garden and can confirm it is deliciously fragrant!There are one or two very similar species however,notably L. standishii and the L.x purpusii.Also has a long period of flower.
There are many shrubby honeysuckles that are not climbers!

David J Trevan