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Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
10m
Max height
3m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Lonicera japonica

Other names

Japanese honeysuckle, Gold and silver flower

Genus

Lonicera Lonicera

Species

L. japonica - L. japonica is a vigorous, twining, woody, evergreen to semi-evergreen climber with ovate to broadly elliptic, dark green leaves and, from late spring to early autumn, strongly fragrant, tubular, two-lipped, white flowers turning pale yellow with age. Flowers are followed by spherical, black fruit.


Lonicera japonica is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are strongly fragrant.

Habit

Climbing

Flower

Pale-yellow, White in Spring; Pale-yellow, White in Summer; White, Pale-yellow in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Thrips Aphids , Thrips

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 11 in early spring.

Propagation methods

Layering, Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 3m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Coastal, City, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, preferably in partial shade though tolerates full sun. Plants are less prone to aphids in partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Lonicera japonica

Other names

Japanese honeysuckle, Gold and silver flower

Genus

Lonicera Lonicera

Species

L. japonica - L. japonica is a vigorous, twining, woody, evergreen to semi-evergreen climber with ovate to broadly elliptic, dark green leaves and, from late spring to early autumn, strongly fragrant, tubular, two-lipped, white flowers turning pale yellow with age. Flowers are followed by spherical, black fruit.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are strongly fragrant.

Habit

Climbing


Colour

Flower

Pale-yellow, White in Spring; Pale-yellow, White in Summer; White, Pale-yellow in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Thrips

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 11 in early spring.

Propagation methods

Layering, Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle) will reach a height of 10m and a spread of 3m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Coastal, City, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil, preferably in partial shade though tolerates full sun. Plants are less prone to aphids in partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)

Common pest name

European cherry fruit fly

Scientific pest name

Rhagoletis cerasi

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Fruit fly pest of cherry and honeysuckle; widely distributed in Europe and also present in North America and Asia. No evidence of establishment in the UK to date despite repeated interceptions; but honeysuckle and cherry growers may wish to be aware and monitor for its presence.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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