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Honey Bush

Go tropical in a big way with honey bush. The vigorous, ranging shrub has 12-inch-long leaflets that are a pretty blue-green hue and often serrated. Grown in beds and borders in mild climates, honey bush will quickly grow 6-12 feet tall and wide. In cold climates, confine it to a container, where it will create an impressive focal point in short order. Complementing the sculptural foliage, 1-2-foot-tall flower spikes begin red in winter and turn burgundy in early spring.

Grow honey bush in full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil. It spreads by suckers, so keep an eye on it and remove any unwanted growth as soon as you spot it. Keep plants in top form by cutting them back to ground level in early spring.

genus name
  • Melianthus major
light
  • Part Sun
  • Sun
plant type
  • Shrub
height
  • 3 to 8 feet
width
  • To 12 feet wide
flower color
season features
problem solvers
special features
zones
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
propagation

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