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Lonicera nitida Hedge Plants

Shrubby Honeysuckle hedging

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Lonicera nitida is a popular evergreen hedge, also known as Wilson’s Honeysuckle or Shrubby Honeysuckle. It’s one of best4hedging’s top 10 bestsellers, boasting glossy dark green foliage and a dense, bushy growing habit which is easy to maintain.

  • Best Features: Glossy evergreen foliage, year-round interest, good in shade as well as sun
  • Ideal For Hedges: 1m-3m high
  • Growth Rate: Fast | 40-60cm a year
  • Position: Most normal soils, sunny to full shade, sheltered inland
  • Also Consider: Box (Buxus sempervirens) for a lower growing option, with small evergreen foliage, similar to that of a Lonicera nitida hedge. We also stock other Lonicera varieties in our Lonicera Department

*Please note, 1 bare root = 1 Lonicera nitida plant, not a bundle of plants.

Shrubby Honeysuckle hedge (Lonicera nitida) description

Lonicera nitida provides year-round interest, blooming with creamy-white flowers in the spring and blue-purple berries in the autumn. Lonicera’s lush, dark green foliage is densely packed on its branches, and very small in size, making it an excellent hedging screen.

Shrubby Honeysuckle is ideal for less experienced gardeners, as it is easy to grow and very forgiving of over-enthusiastic pruning, as it’s a fast-growing hedge. Plus, its small leaves make it make it easier to trim it to a neat shape.


Best uses for Lonicera nitida hedge plants

Thanks to its dense, long-lasting, evergreen foliage and fast growth rate, Shrubby Honeysuckle makes a great noise barrier as well as a privacy screen. A wonderfully versatile plant, Lonicera nitida works just as well as a trimmed formal hedge as it does left a little bushy, for a relaxed garden style. 

Lonicera is ideal for both shaded and sunny positions and is suited to most soil types, except for very wet or exposed sites.

Combine Lonicera nitida hedging with..

For a striking colour combination, try growing Lonicera nitida with Golden Honeysuckle, or grow it alone for a classic look.

Growth rate of a Shrubby Honeysuckle hedge

A fast-growing hedge, Lonicera can achieve around 40 – 60cm per year, and looks best when maintained at a height of between 1 – 3m.

Care advice for Lonicera nitida hedge plants

A relatively low-maintenance shrub, we would recommend you give Lonicera nitida a trim two or three times a year just to keep it looking neat, ideally in the summer or autumn. If your honeysuckle plant is looking leggy and overgrown, it can be regenerated by hard pruning the plant back to around 30cm from the ground. This should be done in winter when the plant is dormant and will encourage fresh, bushy growth in the spring. Take a look at our Hedging Care Advice for more information on caring for your Shrubby Honeysuckle hedging.

Recommended planting density for Lonicera hedging

To find out about the recommended planting density requirements for Lonicera nitida hedging, take a look at the product table. Visit our advice section for further planting density advice.

Shrubby Honeysuckle plants can be purchased as pot grown and cell grown all year round, as well as trough grown instant hedging. In the dormant season between November and mid-to-late May, Lonicera nitida can be purchased as bare roots.

Although the majority of our Lonicera nitida hedge plants are grown in the UK by our team of horticultural experts – who have generations of nursery-growing experience – occasionally we need to source plants from dedicated nurseries outside of the UK. At best4hedging, we are proud of our high levels of quality and always do what we can to deliver only the freshest, best-quality plants at the most competitive prices.


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Standard Delivery


Under 1.2m


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Small Hand Tools, Irrigation
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Tall Box Delivery


Over 1.2m






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  • Orders £85 & over (ex. VAT) to mainland UK are delivered FREE* (Exceptions apply - see below for Scottish Highlands etc)
  • Orders under £85 (ex. VAT) to mainland UK £9.95
  • At an additional cost, we can deliver to Scottish Highlands & Islands, which we classify as including AB (Aberdeen) and DD (Dundee) postcodes, as well as Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Wight and Isle Man. The exact delivery cost is order specific and will need to be quoted by one of our team, so please contact us on 01257 261 243

*For some plants that are too heavy or too tall to be packed in cardboard boxes we use pallet deliveries. In these circumstances, we require a minimum order value of £200 (ex VAT) for free delivery, or you can make a contribution towards the delivery cost. Look out for the information on product pages which explains this further where applicable and if your order is for less than £200 (ex VAT) please call or email us to agree upon a delivery contribution. This requirement only applies to those plants where it is clearly indicated on the product page

Pallet deliveries are always undertaken on an 18-tonne vehicle (similar in size to a standard refuse vehicle). If for any reason you require a smaller vehicle please contact our sales team who can arrange this for you. There will be an additional surcharge applied for small vehicle deliveries

Delivery Timescales

99% of our orders are dispatched within 3 to 7 working days of receipt and most the day after the order is placed. We can do “next day delivery” on many of our products for an additional £12 (incl VAT) but please call on 01257 494 491 before placing your order to check.

We can also deliver on a specified date to suit you. Please indicate the date you would like to receive delivery in the notes section of the checkout (or place your order by phone) and we’ll do our utmost to meet that date.

Occasional hiccups can occur (such as broken down vehicles) and although we are very experienced in logistics we cannot be held liable for costs incurred or inconvenience due to late deliveries - see terms and conditions for more information.

You will receive an email or telephone call confirming the dispatch of your order 24/48 hours before it arrives with you.

Exceptions to our quick turnaround timescale

Pre-orders - if you have placed an order that includes products on pre-order, then they will be dispatched to you as soon as they are available. If your order includes pre-order bare roots or root balls you will be notified once they are being dispatched (root balls from mid to late October and bare roots from early to mid-November).

Root balls - lifting root balls involves the use of complex, heavy machinery, this lifting is carried out twice a week in the root ball season so we do still have a prompt turnaround timescale but if your order has just missed one lifting, it will be a few days before we lift again. We are always happy to confirm when we can deliver to you before you order. The benefit of this method of supplying root balls is that they are always fresh and therefore have a higher success rate than root balls that are stored out of the soil.

Weather conditions can affect dispatch - bare root and root ball plants are not lifted if the ground is too cold (it damages the roots) and the delivery of all plants can be affected if the water supply is frozen (because we water all plants before packing). Extremely hot weather can also be challenging and occasionally we hold backorders for species that are particularly vulnerable. We ask our customers to be mindful of bank holidays when couriers are not active.

We'd like to stress that although there are exceptions, the vast majority of our orders are dispatched extremely quickly and we are proud of our logistics developed over many years of delivering plants to tens of thousands of customers.


We inspect plants carefully before dispatch but accept that very occasionally things may go wrong. 
You can return your plants (within 14 days) for a refund or replacement (we’ll help with the process of returning). If your plants arrived damaged then returns are free of charge. However, we ask that you inform us as soon as possible. If you’d like to return your plants because of a change of plan or if we do not agree that the plants are significantly damaged (the loss of a few leaves in transit or a loose pot on arrival, for example, wouldn't be harmful to the plants), then we may ask you to pay the full or partial return costs if you still wanted to return them. We’re very reasonable and always aim for complete satisfaction as demonstrated by our amazing Feefo customer reviews which can be viewed here.

Should you wish to return any products that you have over-bought, no longer require or purchased in error you will incur both a return cost (different charges for pallets and Boxes) and the original cost of delivery incurred by Best4hedging. Please contact the Service team for charges and/or to organise a return. Plants will be subject to a quality control check from our Nursery upon return before any refund is authorised and processed.

Please note that in the case of damaged plants, if you have not notified us of a problem within 14 days of delivery, we consider you to have accepted the plants and Best4Hedging has no further liability for them should they fail.

You can read more about our returns policy in our terms and conditions here.

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