Lonicera Tatarica or Tatarian Honeysuckle
Tatarian honeysuckle is one of the taller honeysuckles that grow to a height of more than 2m (6 ft). Also included in this group are the species Lonicera xylosteum (Europe to the Altai), Lonicera korolkowii (Turkestan), and onicera. maackii (Korea, Manchuria). Tatarian honeysuckle, a native of southern Russia and central Asia, grows to a height of 3m (10 ft) andin May. The blossoms are salmon-pink to yellowish-white. The leaves are ovate, tapering to a point, entire, bright green above, bluish-green below. Varieties also grown in gardens include Lonicera tatarica grandiflora with white flowers, Lonicera tatarica latifolia with pink flowers, Lonicera tatarica punicea with dark red flowers, and the forms ‘Alba’, white; ‘Hack’s Red’, dark red, and ‘Roses Grandiflora’, dark pink.
Tatarian honeysuckle is readily propagated by means of seeds which are stratified when harvested and then sown in the autumn, and also by softwood or hardwood cuttings. Like most honeysuckles, it has no specialrequirements and will grow quite well even in poor locations though it will, of course, do better in richer soils and produce more flowers in sunny situations.
Tall honeysuckles are generally used in large parks for untrimmed hedges or else in large or small groups. They are not suitable for planting singly or in smaller gardens.