Winter Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) is in full white blossom no later than the first week of February.
—Lonicera fragrantissima. (250) LONI-28. Packet: $2.50
Photos and info: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/gardens-gardening/your-garden/plant-finder/plant-details/kc/d970/lonicera-fragrantissima.aspx
'SWEET BREATH OF SPRING', 'WINTER HONEYSUCKLE', 'YU XIANG REN DONG'.
Fragrant creamy-white 1/2" flowers (in winter in mild climates), followed by red berries.
Shrub to 8 feet, with 3" leaves. China. Zone 4 or 5. Germinates in 4 weeks and up.
John Polk wrote:
Another advantage I have read about, is that many birds prefer these honeysuckle berries to cherries. If this argument holds true, this would lead to a greater cherry harvest, without the need for bird netting (expensive, and time consuming).
Jay Grace wrote:I had a few linden trees at my old house and you could literally hear the buzzing from inside while the trees were blooming. Every single flower in the tree would seem to have a bee in it any time you looked. Not sure of the quality of honey. But you can be sure the bees love it.