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Lonicera similis var. delavayi AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White and Pale Yellow in Autumn

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Black in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Delavay 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. similis var. delavayi is a semi-evergreen shrub of scandent habit, with ovate leaves white-hairy beneath, and fragrant tubular-funnel-shaped white flowers 5-6cm in length, ageing to yellow, in early autumn, followed by black berries

Synonym(s)

  • Lonicera similis 'Delavayi'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Ideal for a mild garden this honeysuckle needs to be frost-free. Grow in full sun 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 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