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PlantFiles: Honeysuckle, Late Dutch Honeysuckle, Woodbine
Lonicera periclymenum

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lonicera (luh-NIS-er-a) (Info)
Species: periclymenum (per-ee-KLY-men-um) (Info)

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7 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Propagation Methods:
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2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Feb 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

In the Eastern US, where Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is prohibitively invasive, L. periclymenum is the best twining honeysuckle for fragrance. The fragrance is sweet and not heavy, strongest in the evening.

This species isn't aggressive in the garden, nor does it invade natural areas here (Boston Z6a).

Flowers occur in clusters at the ends of stems. To prolong bloom, I try to deadhead each cluster as it fades, before the fruit develops. When I do this, it goes through several flushes of bloom over the season. Otherwise, fruiting will bring blooming to a halt. The fruit is scarlet and highly ornamental, and I stop deadheading in September to allow a final crop to develop.

Bloom is best in full sun, but flowering can be good in light/dappled shade as well. In full sun the foliage is also less prone to powdery mildew.

Because it twines around its support, this plant shouldn't be allowed to climb into shrubs and trees, as it can strangle whatever its stem wraps itself around. It's better to plant it where it can climb on a fence or trellis or invisible netting.

Flowering occurs on new wood. Best pruned in early spring to remove dead wood as necessary.

Dirr says this is hardy Z4-8.

The traditional common name for this species is "woodbine." It's sometimes called "woodbine honeysuckle" to distinguish it from Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), which is also called "woodbine" in some regions. "Dutch honeysuckle" refers specifically to the cultivar 'Belgica', and "late Dutch honeysuckle" to the later-blooming cultivar 'Serotina', which is often not true to type in the trade.

Positive turektaylor On May 15, 2009, turektaylor from Elizabeth City, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

this is a favorite of mine. the colors are astonishing and the hummers love it !

Positive GrammaBecky On Jul 3, 2006, GrammaBecky from Owosso, MI wrote:

There is some work involed to keep the old growth trimmed
out and spray for aphids , but the flowers and fragrance are
well worth the trouble and the birds love the berries in the
fall. It seems to like it here in Michigan.

Positive saya On Mar 15, 2005, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love its fragnance very much...could 'nt miss it for that reason. Many ...maybe showier looking ones...don't have that fragnance. I trim it to keep in shape.

Neutral Bluejaytoo On May 16, 2004, Bluejaytoo from Columbia Falls, MT wrote:

In our area Woodbine is the common name for Parthenocissus quinquefolia. It will climb if tied and needs to be kept moist. It is grown mostly for it's fall foliage and the flowers are small. I seems to be doing well in my zone 3 garden.

Neutral jody On Aug 31, 2001, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Flowers mid to late summer, berries autumn. Flowers have a sweet fragrance that is stronger in the evenings. They are tubular white and yellow flushed pink and red, followed by red berries in autumn.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Hakalau, Hawaii
Brookeville, Maryland
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Owosso, Michigan
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Brady, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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