Japanese Honeysuckle

£225.00

The Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) should perhaps really be called the Chinese honeysuckle as it is a native of western China and this example owes something to Chinese penjing style.

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Description

The Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) should perhaps really be called the Chinese honeysuckle as it is a native of western China.

However, it has been grown in the UK since its introduction in 1908 and is perfectly happy in our climate and conditions. As a species it has great characteristics for bonsai. Like most plants grown mainly for hedging, it responds very well to being pruned and pruned hard if needs be. It very readily back buds all over the trunk and branches giving the option to grow new branches pretty much anywhere at any time.

This example will originate from garden material and shows something of a Chinese approach to styling. Typical of the species it exhibits the pale, pealing bark that develops with age. The underlying bark can often appear to be almost white and is a striking feature although to achieve the maximum effect it is necessary to remove the outer bark as it develops. The choice is between flaky older looking bark or the stark and unusual white look to the trunk. Also typical are the tiny leaves. The bonsai or penjing is 56cm. in height with branches that span 60cm. The trunk at the base is 8cm. across. Hopefully the photos show some of the interesting features that the trunk has.  It is planted in a hand-made glazed ceramic that is 28x25x8cm.