Hardy Ornamental Flowering Trees and Shrubs eBook

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L. FRAGRANTISSIMA.—­China, 1845.  This species is often confounded with L. Standishii, but differs in at least one respect, that the former is strictly a climber, while the latter is of bushy growth.  The leaves, too, of L. Standishii are hairy, which is not the case with the other species.  It is a very desirable species, with white fragrant flowers, produced during the winter season.

L. PERICLYMENUM.—­Honeysuckle, or Woodbine.  An indigenous climbing shrub, with long, lithe, and twisted cable-like branches, and bearing heads of sweetly-scented, reddish-yellow flowers.  This is a favourite wild plant, and in the profusion and fragrance of its flowers it is surpassed by none of the exotic species.  There are several distinct nursery forms of this plant, including those known as L. Periclymenum Late Dutch, L. Periclymenum Early Cream, and L. Periclymenum odoratissimum; as also one with variegated foliage.

L. SEMPERVIRENS.—­Scarlet Trumpet Honeysuckle.  A North American evergreen species (1656), with scarlet, almost inodorous flowers, produced freely during the summer.  For wall covering it is one of the most useful of the family.  The variety L. sempervirens minor is worthy of attention.

L. STANDISHII, a Chinese species (1860), has deliciously fragrant while flowers, with a slight purplish tint, and is well worthy of attention, it soon forming a wall covering of great beauty.

L. TATARICA.—–­Tartarian Honeysuckle.  Tartary, 1752.  This is a very variable species, in so far at least as the colour of flowers is concerned, and has given rise to several handsome varieties.  The typical plant has rosy flowers, but the variety L. tatarica albiflora has pure white flowers; and another, L. tatarica rubriflora has freely produced purplish-red flowers.

L. XYLOSTEUM (syn Xylosteum dumetorum).—­Fly Honeysuckle.  Europe (England) to the Caucasus.  The small, creamy-white flowers of this plant are not particularly showy, but the scarlet berries are more conspicuous in September and October.  The gray bark of the branches has also a distinct effect in winter when grown in contrast to the red-barked species of Cornus, Viburnum, and yellow-barked Osier.  It is one of the oldest occupants of British shrubberies.  L. Xylosteum leucocarpum has white berries; those of L. Xylosteum melanocarpum are black; and in L. Xylosteum xanthocarpum they are yellow.

The Honeysuckles are all of the readiest culture, and succeed well in very poor soils, and in that of opposite qualities.  Propagated from cuttings or by layering.


LOROPETALON CHINENSE.—­Khasia Mountains and China, 1880.  This is a pretty and interesting shrub belonging to the more familiar Witch Hazel family.  Flowers clustered in small heads, the calyx pale green, and the long linear petals almost pure white.  Being quite hardy, and interesting as well as ornamental, should insure this Chinese shrub a place in every good collection.

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