Box-leaved Honeysuckle - Lonicera pileata


L. pileata is a low, spreading shrub with small, glossy, narrow leaves that point forward, and only have a few veins, The twigs have an interpetiolar ridge. It has small tubular cream flowers which are followed by purple berries.

Similar Species

Superficially similar to Box (Buxus sempervirens) but B. sempervirens has no interpetiolar ridge and has 30 to 40 pairs of veins visible. They are completely different in flower and fruit. Also similar to Wilson's Honeysuckle (Lonicera nitida) but Box-leaved Honeysuckle has longer, pointed, more forward-directed leaves and only short stem hairs.

Identification difficulty

Used for garden hedges and often found as a naturalised escape from cultivation.

When to see it

Flowers in late spring, followed by purple berries.

Life History

Evergreen shrub.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain but with most records from the western side of the country.

VC55 Status

Rare or rarely recorded in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map