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Honeysuckle

Lonicera periclymenum

Also known as

Early Dutch Honeysuckle, European Honeysuckle, Woodbine, Woodbine Honeysuckle, English wild honeysuckle, Dutch woodbine, Dutch honeysuckle

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

6m

Max

3m

1m

Min

1.5m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Honeysuckle Overview

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.

Common problems with Honeysuckle

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

How to harvest Honeysuckle

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

How to propagate Honeysuckle

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.

Seed

Special features of Honeysuckle

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.

Other uses of Honeysuckle

Wall or trellis, hedges, ornamental, wildlife, spring/summer interest.

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.

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