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Commonly known as Honeysuckle
Lots more in this family than the well-known periclymenum, the common one with the most difficult name, especially the underrated nitida which can make neat edging and hedging, Subtle fragrance from the winter flowerers.
Genus of about 180 species of deciduous and evergreen shrubs and twining climbers, widely distributed throughout the northern hemisphere. They are found in varied habitats ranging from woodland and thickets to rocky places.
The native L. periclymenum, woodbine, the epitome of bucolic old England, is most scented at night drawing in night flying moths. A must for any garden with a natural feel.
DeciduousPaired leaves to 10cm (4in) long, the upper ones united
OrangeDeep orange buds
YellowPale yellow inside
ClimberSome of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clingingWoody-stemmed, twining climber. Produces flowers in large, terminal whorls
Hardy - cold winterHardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesAphidsPlace of originGarden origin. Canada
(see photos above)
(see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 6Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.
RHS group 9 & 11
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilHumus-rich.
WildlifeBee friendlyRabbit Resistant
Buy Varieties of LONICERA
a rare evergreen climbing species with funnel-shaped flowers yellow outside and purple within. Black berries with a bluish tinge
(Syn. Grata) - very sweet-scented honeysuckle. Flowers start white, passing to pale and then deep yellow, heavily tinged purple outside
clusters of deep orange-scarlet tubular flowers
two-tone flowers of orange and purplish pink. Fragrant climber
evergreen, yellow and purple flowers and black berries
attractive dark copperish coloured new growth
very fragrant flowers white changing to yellow
reddish purple flowers fading to yellowish
clear creamy yellow, heavily scented
scented creamy-white flowers in summer. Compact growth
two-tone deep pink and creamy yellow richly scented flowers. Relatively compact
Dutch honeysuckle, late with rich purplish-red flowers
twining honeysuckle with scarlet and orange trumpets
semi-evergreen with abundant creamy-white fragrant flowers in late summer through to autumn
oval leaves and long copper-yellow flowers with a tinge of red before they open. Prefers a shady situation for best results
an excellent new introduction with huge clusters of gentle yellow flowers. A plant of great ornamental merit which can be grown on a tree, wall or trellis
ground creeping honeysuckle with scented yellow and white flowers
blue underside to the leaves and slender, fragrant, primrose-yellow tinged pink flowers with a funnel shape. A Roy Lancaster introduction
partially evergreen with sweetly fragrant cream coloured semi-double flowers
a totally hardy species with creamy-yellow flowers and elongated blue fruits which are edible
small, glossy, neat foliage good for hedging
bright golden yellow form
spreading habit with lemon-gold and dark green leaves
quick growing sport with distinct silver variegation
a useful hedging or edging plant with tiny leaves and a rounded habit
semi-prostrate form with violet-blue berries, excellent ground cover
reddish shoots and fragrant tubular white flowers
long ovate grey-green leaves paired or in threes with highly fragrant tubular lilac-pink flowers. A rare and unusual species well worth its place