Lonicera fragrantissima
Common name: 
Winter Honeysuckle
Sweet-Breath-of-Sping
January Jasmine
Pronunciation: 
lon-ISS-er-a fra-gran-TIS-i-ma
Family: 
Caprifoliaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • 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.
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