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Lonicera × italica

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

White, Yellow and Dark Purple in Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

4-8 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Italian 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. × italica is a large, vigorous twining deciduous climber with broadly elliptic leaves. Very fragrant tubular white flowers, soon turning yellow and suffused with purple, are borne in terminal clusters

Synonym(s)

  • Lonicera caprifolium f. pauciflora
  • Lonicera periclymenum 'Belgica' misapplied
  • Lonicera × americana misapplied
  • Lonicera 'American'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

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, hardwood cuttings or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Coastal or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 11 after flowering

Pests

May get aphids and thrips

Diseases

May be affected by powdery mildew