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PlantFiles: Honeysuckle
Lonicera x americana 'Pam's Pink'

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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: x americana
Cultivar: Pam's Pink

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

Category:
Vines and Climbers

Height:
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:
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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Rose/Mauve
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Deciduous
Blue-Green

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Unblemished fruit must be significantly overripe before harvesting seed; clean and dry seeds

Profile:

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1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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Negative GreenThumbToo On Apr 25, 2012, GreenThumbToo from Sierra Vista, AZ wrote:

I purchased three of these Honeysuckle Pam - Lonicera x americana at Home Depot recently. I wondered why these honeysuckles had nice moist soil, where the other plants at Home Depot were very dry. I thought perhaps they were just brought in, so I thought nothing of it. It was later obvious that someone had washed away the aphids in order to sell the plants! Otherwise I would have passed them by.

When I got home, I put them on the porch, with other plants I purchased at Lowes, until I could plant them in a few days. The very next day, these honeysuckles were covered in the 'Honeysuckle Aphids!'

I quickly moved them to a secluded location, away from all my other plants, sprayed them with the usual spray for aphids and ended up, the next day with brown, wilted leaves!

Frustrated and upset that I might have infected my beautiful plants from Lowes, (whose garden center is called a nursery, for good reason. It really is a nursery because they take good care of their plants), I called Home Depot and told them what had happened. Thankfully, I was told to bring them back and get a refund. I won't be purchasing plants from Home Depot again.

After finding these aphids on the honeysuckles, I did a thorough research on the Internet. Most places, including .edu sites, never mentioned how these honeysuckles attrack ahpids, not until I found the "Royal Horticultural Society."
Here is the information listed on that site, after searching for Honeysuckle Pam - Lonicera x americana:

"The Lonicera Genus:
Diseases Many fungi cause leaf spots, but chemical control is rarely warranted. Leaf blight caused by Herpobasidium deformans results in dead leaves. Various genera of powdery mildews form white powder on the leaves. Bacterial crown gall causes round, warty-looking growths on the stems near the soil line. Dig out and destroy infected plants.

Also subject to: Honeysuckle Aphids:
Some Honeysuckles are prone to Honeysuckle Aphid, which was accidently introduced into North America in the 1970s. It can cause witches broom, stem dieback and sometimes even death of some species of Honeysuckle."

I wanted to share this information with you, before you experienced what I did and before you loose your other plants to aphids.

Thanks for your taking the time to read my post.

Regional...

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

Sierra Vista, Arizona
Arroyo Grande, California
Coushatta, Louisiana
Nevada, Texas
San Antonio, Texas



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