Honeysuckle

Lonicera periclymenum

Early Dutch Honeysuckle, European Honeysuckle, Woodbine, Woodbine Honeysuckle

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Honeysuckle is a vigorous climber with fragrant tubular yellow and pink flowers. It is a marvelous display scrub when in flower and will attract several birds and butterflies to your garden. It can serve as a stand alone scrub or as a hedge. It has several medicinal uses and can grow in most soil types.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Spring, Summer

Harvesting

Pick flowers throughout the summer. The flowers do not last very long once removed but makes a wonderful scented display.

Propagation

Cuttings

Semi-hardwood or even hardwood cuttings can be used for propagation. Use hormone powder to increase the chance of root formation.

Layering

Bend down the semi-hardwood branches and cover a section with soil. Remove the leaves from the section before covering it.

Special features

Hedge plant

This plant is famous for its ability to climb up walls, trellises and even other shrubs or trees. Be careful to plant them next to young, sensitive shrubs because they can prevent their growth.

Attracts birds

Several bird species are attracted to the sweet nectar as well as the red berries.

Attracts useful insects

Butterflies and moths pollinate the Honeysuckle as well as other plants in the garden.

Attractive flowers

Fragrant flowers are light yellow to white, with flushes of pink/purple.

Special features

Origin

Honeysuckle is native to most of Europe and can be found in woodlands and hedgerows.

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

Flowers have been used in syrup form for treatment of respiratory diseases and the leaves boiled for treating diseases of the liver and spleen.

Edible

Flowers contain large quantities of nectar which can be removed for energy purposes.

Personality

Family

Caprifoliaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple, Cream

Scent

Strong

Problems

Aphids, thrips as well as a powdery mildew (in some plants) have been reported in Europe.
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