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Japanese honeysuckle

Lonicera japonica

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This vigorous, woody evergreen or semi-evergreen trailing vine has dark green leaves to 3 inches long. Tubular, two-lipped, fragrant white flowers are sometimes flushed with purple, aging to yellow. Blooms appear from spring to late summer. Flowers mature to blue-black fruit.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsAggressive and vigorous, it can take over entire areas.

PropagationTake semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

ProblemsAphids, leaf roller, scale insects, dieback, powdery mildew, leaf spots, and blights.

  • Genus : Lonicera
  • Zones : 10, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 30 feet or more
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Type : Vines
  • Flower Color : White, Yellow
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  1. johnbales 04/19/2015

    Smells great but unfortunately it's a very aggressive vine once established in an area. There are other honeysuckles that are better behaved.

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