BLUE VELVET® honeysuckle

Lonicera korolkowii 'Floribunda'

Blue Velvet honeysuckle, Lonicera korolkowii Floribunda, Plant Select
Trim, round leaves on a stately blue-gray shrub. Opalescent pink flowers are showy in spring. Songbirds feed on the bright red berries as they ripen in summer and fall. Has proven resistant to disfiguring aphid damage for decades at the USDA Field Station in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Drought tolerant once established. Shrub. Xeriscape.

Tips from the pros: Give it plenty of room and prune out any dead wood in the spring after the new growth has started to emerge.
Plant Type Ornamental Tree
Height 10-12 feet
Width 8-10 feet
Flowering Season Early spring
Flower Color Pink
Sun Sun, Part Sun
Water Needs Moderate to xeric
USDA Hardiness Zone Zones 3-8
Soil Type Clay, loam, sandy
Deer Resistant Yes
Good for Pollination Yes
Winter Interest No
North American Native No
Year Introduced 1999
Annual Commercial Maintenance Remove a few larger canes to base every 3-5 years to maintain healthy fresh growth habit. Or leave it alone. Do not shear.
5-10 Year Commercial Maintenance Follow annual maintenance.
Elevation Guide Up to 8150 ft