PRIVET HONEYSUCKLE, PROSTRATE HONEYSUCKLE
Pronounced: lon-i-SE-ra pi-lee-AH-ta
Sunset zones: 2-9, 14-24.
USDA zones: 5-9.
Heat zones: 9-5.
Height: 2-3 feet (60-90 cm).
Width: 8 feet (2.5 m).
Fragrant, small, funnel shaped, creamy-white flowers followed by violet-blue translucent berries.
Glossy, evergreen, dark green leaves.
Spreading, low growing.
Full sun or partial shade.
Any well-drained soil.
Easy to propagate by cuttings taken in fall or early spring.
Prune after flowering.
Rainy Side Notes
This shrub, with its evergreen boxwood-like foliage and slow spreading habit, makes a good bank-covering ground cover. It is much more interesting than the destructive ivy that is destroying local forest habitats. Where a branch of this Lonicera touches ground, it will root and slowly spread over time. Salt tolerant too, it is good for seashore plantings. Also it can be used as a bonsai subject.
Flowers are inconspicuous, but translucent violet-blue berries follow. The shrub is supposedly deer-proof, so hopefully your local herd will turn its nose up to the shrub.
Lonicera was named after German naturalist Adam Lonitzer. Pileata means capped, describing the fruit's dimple.
Photographed in author's garden.