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Lonicera nitida Baggesens Gold


Evergreen shrub producing a mound of arching golden branches

This plant is a popular evergreen shrub, used for many years to create topiary sculptures as well as simple hedging. It has small leaves in yellow or gold which become greenish-yellow in shade. The sparse berries are pale violet.


It can be planted in full sun or partial shade in the border or in containers, and will form a good hedge.


Plant in fertile well-drained soil and once it is established it can be shaped with garden shears.

This plant is native of south west China and is named after Neils Baggesen, a nurseryman from Cardiff who discovered this golden version growing in his nursery in the early 1960's.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 100 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 40 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot at least 15cm away from the wall, fence or support. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant – along with its supporting cane in the hole, leaning onto the support, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Arrange and tie the stems onto the support. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September