moderate to dry
May to June
8 to 12 ft.
8 to 10 ft.
species is native to central Asia
USDA zones 3-8
hardy to 9,000 ft.
Blue velvet honeysuckle is a large shrub with small, fuzzy, round, blue-gray leaves. It has long arching branches that give the plant a billowy mound shape. Showy, light pink flowers bloom in late spring and are followed by red berries later in the season.
Blue velvet honeysuckle has been a long-lived, drought tolerant shrub at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. It gets quite large and has an irregular shape due to the arching branches.
Each year, some of the branches die back over the winter. We simply prune the dead branches out. When in flower, the pink petals are beautiful against the light blue leaves.
Prune out any branch dieback after the shrub has leafed out in spring.