Lonicera nitida - Chèvrefeuille

Famille: Caprifoliaceae, Genre: Lonicera
Arbuste à croissance rapide et à feuilles persistantes (3m de haut par 3m de large).


Toutes expositions
Humidité moyenne. Tolère la sécheresse.
Tous sols. Nécessite un sol drainant.
Sol acide ou calcaire
Zone 7
Habitat originel
In scrub and along streams, 1300 - 2100 metres in Yunnan and W. Sichuan[184].
Origine géographique
Asie orientale - Chine

Autres usages

  • Can be grown as a medium sized hedge .
  • It is very fast growing but needs lots of trimming [29, 200].
  • It is quite frequently used as a hedge plant in Britain [200].
  • The forms 'Graziosa' and 'Maigrün (Maygreen) can be used as ground cover plants [182, 197].


  • A very easily grown and tolerant plant, it succeeds in any fertile soil, preferring a good moist soil in a sunny position [11, 200].
  • Succeeds in deep shade [202].
  • Established plants are fairly drought tolerant, so long as there is plenty of humus in the soil [190].
  • Les plants résistent jusqu'à environ -15°C [184, 202].
  • Another report says that it is not very hardy in northern Britain and that it rarely fruits in Britain [1].
  • Plants seem to be immune to the predations of deer [182].
  • A number of forms have been developed for their ornamental value [182].
  • Plants are very tolerant of pruning and can regrow from very old wood [202].
  • Les plantes de ce genre sont notamment résistantes aux armillaires (champignons) [200].


  • Graine - le mieux est de semer dès qu'elles sont mûres sous un chassis .
  • Stored seed requires 2 months cold stratification[113] and should be sown as soon as possible in a cold frame .
  • Quand ils sont suffisament développés pour être manipulés, repiquez les semis dans des pots individuels et culitivez les dans une serre pour au moins leur premier hiver .
  • Plantez les à leurs positions définitives à la fin du printemps ou au début de l'été, après les dernières gelées .
  • Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with or without a heel, July/August in a frame .
  • Bons résultats [78].
  • Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 15 - 20cm with or without a heel, November in a cold frame .
  • Bons résultats [78].
  • coucher à l'automne [200].


En feuille
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Type de fleur
Hermaphrodite (les fleurs ont des organes mâles et femelles)


Autres réferences
[11, 200]


[1] F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 1951.
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaces in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
[11] Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. 1981.
A classic with a wealth of information on the plants, but poor on pictures.
[29] Shepherd. F.W. Hedges and Screens. 1974.
A small but informative booklet giving details of all the hedging plants being grown in the R.H.S. gardens at Wisley in Surrey.
[78] Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. 1948.
A bit dated but a good book on propagation techniques with specific details for a wide range of plants.
[182] Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. 1992.
Contains a wide range of plants with a brief description, mainly of their ornamental value but also usually of cultivation details and varieties.
[184] Phillips. R. & Rix. M. Shrubs. 1989.
Excellent photographs and a terse description of 1900 species and cultivars.
[190] Chatto. B. The Dry Garden. 1982.
A good list of drought resistant plants with details on how to grow them.
[197] Royal Horticultural Society. Ground Cover Plants. 1989.
A handy little booklet from the R.H.S.
[200] Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. 1992.
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
[202] Davis. B. Climbers and Wall Shrubs. 1990.
Contains information on 2,000 species and cultivars, giving details of cultivation requirements. The text is terse but informative.