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Lonicera japonica var. repens AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Purple and White in Summer

Foliage

Green and Purple in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Black in Autumn

Stem

Green and Purple in

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

creeping Japanese honeysuckle

Family

Caprifoliaceae


Lonicera can be deciduous and evergreen shrubs, or climbers with twining stems. The tubular or two-lipped flowers, often very fragrant, are followed by red or black berries

L. japonica var. repens is a vigorous evergreen climber with purplish stems and leaves, and clusters of strongly fragrant white flowers tinged with purple on the outside

Synonym(s)

  • Lonicera flexuosa
  • Lonicera japonica 'Repens'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing, East-facing or North-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Vigorous honeysuckle best in partial shade but tolerates full sun, thrives in any moist but well-drained soil

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by layering, softwood cuttings or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Coastal or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 11 in early spring

Pests

May get aphids and thrips

Diseases

May be affected by powdery mildew