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Lonicera japonica var. repens (Creeping Japanese honeysuckle)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
8m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Lonicera japonica var. repens

Other names

Creeping Japanese honeysuckle, Lonicera flexuosa

Genus

Lonicera Lonicera

Species

L. japonica var. repens - L. japonica var. repens is a vigorous, evergreen to semi-evergreen climber with purplish stems and purple-green leaves. In summer it bears clusters of strongly fragrant, white flowers flushed with red-purple on the outside. In autumn it bears black berries.


Lonicera japonica var. repens is: Semi evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers have a strong perfume.

Habit

Climbing, Creeping

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Reddish-purple, White in Summer

Foliage

Flushed purple, Green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Thrips Aphids , Thrips

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Layering, Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Lonicera japonica var. repens (Creeping Japanese honeysuckle) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Plant in full sun or partial shade in any moist but well-drained soil.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, 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 var. repens

Other names

Creeping Japanese honeysuckle, Lonicera flexuosa

Genus

Lonicera Lonicera

Species

L. japonica var. repens - L. japonica var. repens is a vigorous, evergreen to semi-evergreen climber with purplish stems and purple-green leaves. In summer it bears clusters of strongly fragrant, white flowers flushed with red-purple on the outside. In autumn it bears black berries.

Native to

Eastern Asia

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers have a strong perfume.

Habit

Climbing, Creeping

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Reddish-purple, White in Summer

Foliage

Flushed purple, Green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Thrips

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Layering, Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Lonicera japonica var. repens (Creeping Japanese honeysuckle) will reach a height of 8m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Wallside and trellises

Cultivation

Plant in full sun or partial shade in any moist but well-drained soil.

Soil type

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

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, 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

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Lonicera japonica var. repens (Creeping 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

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

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