Lonicera Species, 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)
Synonym:Caprifolium distinctum
Synonym:Caprifolium germanicum
Synonym:Caprifolium periclymenum
Synonym:Caprifolium quercifolium
Synonym:Lonicera etrusca
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Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


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:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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. It's the flowers that are fragrant, not the foliage.

This species isn't aggressive in the garden, nor does it invade natural areas here (Boston Z6a). According to BONAP, it has naturalized only in three states (Maine, coastal Washington and coastal Oregon) and three provinces (Nova Scotia, Ontario, and British Columbia).

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, beginning in ear... read more


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 !


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.


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.


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.


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.