Honey Bush (Melianthus major)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Plant Height: 8 to 12 feet
Plant Spread: 8 to 12 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Other: In colder areas it may die back to the roots. Mulch heavily to protect the roots. Root stock reported to be hardy to 5F with protection of mulch.
Flowers: Showy
Other: Lightly fragrant and contain nectar that the birds like.
Flower Color: Russet
Other: Dark maroon
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Provides winter interest
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by springcolor (Washington State - Zone 7a) on Mar 8, 2013 4:42 PM

Germinated this in damp paper towel for 2 - 3 weeks. Slow to start. Have others that germinated 3-6-2013.

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