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Lonicera sempervirens

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

old H4 (hardy)

Colour

Flower

Orange and Red in Autumn
Orange, Red and Yellow in Summer
Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Blue and Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

trumpet 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. sempervirens is a medium-sized, twining evergreen climber with blue-green leaves, the uppermost perfoliate. Flowers to 5cm in length, orange-red outside, yellow within, followed by red berries

Other common names

  • coral honeysuckle

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-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
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by layering, hardwood cuttings or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 11 after flowering

Pests

May be attacked by aphids

Diseases

Generally disease free