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Lonicera, Hall's Honeysuckle, Japanese Honeysuckle 'Halliana'

Lonicera japonica

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: japonica (juh-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Halliana
Synonym:Lonicera japonica var. halliana


Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


20-30 ft. (6-9 m)


Unknown - Tell us


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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)

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

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Blooms repeatedly




Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Wedowee, Alabama

Mesa, Arizona (2 reports)

Payson, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Sun City, Arizona

Amesti, California

Elk Grove, California

Merced, California

San Francisco, California

San Jose, California

Clifton, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Englewood, Colorado

Jacksonville, Florida

Plant City, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Barnesville, Georgia

Nampa, Idaho

Logansport, Indiana

Solsberry, Indiana

Marshalltown, Iowa

Zachary, Louisiana

Dundalk, Maryland

Methuen, Massachusetts

North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Independence, Missouri

Henderson, Nevada

Las Vegas, Nevada

Brookline, New Hampshire

Allentown, New Jersey

Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey

Piscataway, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Bronx, New York

Himrod, New York

Rochester, New York

Mansfield, Ohio

Baker City, Oregon

Corvallis, Oregon

Hillsboro, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

West Mifflin, Pennsylvania

Cedar Park, Texas

Houston, Texas

Irving, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

San Angelo, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Van Alstyne, Texas

Ogden, Utah

Saint George, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Bremerton, Washington

Concrete, Washington

Grand Mound, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 2, 2015, matutine from Corvallis, OR (Zone 7b) wrote:

I'm in the Willamette Valley where winters are generally cold and rainy but rarely get below freezing. I've had Hall's growing the past several years on a fence about three feet tall, in the open in a rural farming area. It grows a few feet over that, and about as wide. It's never spread beyond that. (At a nursery down the road they train one up a trellis vertically about 8' on the east side of a building, cutting it down yearly, and it does beautifully with that treatment.) It's one of my favorite scents in the garden; I would hate to be without it!


On May 8, 2014, FlyPoison from Rock Hill, SC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Japanese Honeysuckle is one of the worst invasives in the Southeast. I've been able to completely eradicate it on my wooded property but have to be on constant lookout for new seedlings that come up every year. This terrible vine is up there with Chinese Privet and Silverberry as far as detrimental invasives go. I've seen countless acres literally covered/smothered by this highly aggressive plant. If you live anywhere in the deep South, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest or Northeast avoid planting Japanese Honeysuckle like the plague!


On May 4, 2014, AmyInNH from Brookline, NH wrote:

20 years now since I planted it in full sun/sand. Sorriest thing I ever planted. No longer flowers but dramatically rampant. Into the nearby woods and neighbor's yard, up a fast growing Acacia, overran iris, lilac and flowering quince, coming up under a big spread of Kinnikinnick. Every few years I go out and pull, pull, pull. It'd take some hard core persistence to rid my yard of it.


On Feb 3, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The European woodbine (Lonicera periclymenoides) is a well-behaved substitute for the thuggish Japanese honeysuckle. It looks very similar and has a strong sweet fragrance in the evening. It is neither aggressive in the garden nor a threat to natural areas.

Japanese honeysuckle has been prohibited in three states and been declared a noxious weed in one other. It is a huge ecological problem throughout the eastern US.

Not only does Japanese honeysuckle strangle and disfigure the trees and shrubs in your garden, in wild areas its early leafing shades out all the native woodland understory wildflowers, ultimately killing them.

I've seen huge natural areas turn into ecological deserts covered by Japanese honeysuckle and Asiatic bittersweet. You can ... read more


On Dec 11, 2013, zilym from Mesa, AZ wrote:

My mother bought this plant at Home Depot in 1997 and planted it in the far backyard corner of what was to become my house a few years later. It was pretty at first, but the thing completely took over the entire back corner of the yard by the time I owned the property and was rapidly marching its way across the yard to take over EVERYTHING.

Pruning it back was futile. Every time it would immediately grow right back, harder and faster. Cutting off water didn't stop it either, it still grew from rain water. It also pushed it's roots into the neighborhood flood irrigation system, which meant it could never be stopped.

I had two peach trees and an apple tree back there that this invasive vine choked to death. It wraps it's evil vines around the trunks of the frui... read more


On Apr 28, 2012, GreenThumbToo from Sierra Vista, AZ wrote:

I have to agree with "ibchuckd's" statement about the invasive comments.

I moved into a home that has a 35 year old 'Hall's Honeysuckle' and have done absolutely nothing to it. It has grown to 12' high and spread to about 6-8' wide. It is on a cyclone fence, separating us from a noisy neighbor, who likes to bark at her dog, very loudly! She doesn't know how to talk, just yells all the time!

It doesn't help with the sound, but it sure gives us some privacy and I only wished more of it was planted to completely separate us. But alas, it hasn't grown any more since I've moved in. So, I planted some 'Rose of Sharon' sticks I received from a certain mail order company. Hoping that the combo would do the job.

My 'Hall's' is not invasive. But with so... read more


On Apr 14, 2012, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:

Invasive here in the north half of Indiana. Seedlings are rare, but when they do happen, the untended vines take over sites like a stretch of fencerow across the road from our farm.

The evergreen and near evergreen character of the foliage is an important vulnerability that can be exploited to facilitate removal. As with the related Lonicera tartarica, a glyphosate herbicide like Round-Up, applied when everything else has shed its foliage, say, a mild day in November, will kill the stuff pretty extensively. You are still stuck with hand weeding if there are broadleaf or needle evergreens on your site. .


On Sep 21, 2011, ibchuckd from Provo, UT wrote:

Why is it that so many people think that because a plant is invasive in their region that it has to be invasive everywhere else also? I know some of you think the world revolves around you, but get a clue--this is the World Wide Web you're posting to--so, please qualify your comments to the area you live and quit assuming that a bird in my desert is pooping its seeds in your rainforest over a 1000-miles away!


On Jun 7, 2011, huria from Irving, TX wrote:

Beautiful vine, not for lazy gardeners. it is a little invasive in my area but monthly checks, pruning and weekly checks in spring keeps it tidy. and as for underground runners its very easy to keep in control, vines don't like acid at all, so if i see a volunteer coming out of nowhere all i have to do is to pull it out and spray vinegar on the rest, it works for me in Dallas, tx. the smell is heavenly in the morning, it starts blooming in early spring and bloom (not as heavily as in spring an fall) throughout summer, very easy to multiply if u want to.
happy gardening


On Jun 2, 2011, pennsciteach from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

Yes - this plant is "invasive", but sometimes that is what you need. My yard gets full sun most days and is on a hill - so I get every semi-invasive species from the whole neighborhood from money plants, to mulberry, to juniper, to mimosas (silk trees). Many of these hard to contain and don't flower nicely, etc. etc. So- I love our honeysuckle - which by the way was being choked out by the juniper and "money bush". It grows fast, and if you let it get settled it can be easy to maintain so it doesn't spread. I have it along the fence, it controls other invasives, to control it I just cut near the fence and pull the runners is the beginning of spring. The kids love it, and the everything is attracted to it including bees which is great for my yard because it keeps the bees from being ... read more


On Apr 28, 2011, suncityanne wrote:

This plant does very well in the heat of the Las Vegas valley. I cut it back pretty hard in late fall, and it is now 10 feet tall and 4 feet across, growing on a trellis. I have 3 plants and they are all doing well with afternoon shade. The plants have been in about 5 years.


On Jun 22, 2010, garbanzito from Denver, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:

mine was planted seven years ago in a spot that gets about 2-3 hours of sun; i keep it quite dry; it has grown about 3 feet tall in all these years; the Colorado state noxious weed list includes no species of Lonicera


On Jun 18, 2010, airplaneantonym from North Dartmouth, MA wrote:

People keep commenting "It isn't invasive for me" But I don't think they properly understand...

Hall's Honeysuckle won't re-seed in an established lawn or well mulched bed, it's in disturbed fields or woodland areas that these become invasive and become a serious issue. I'm not scolding and shouting "RIP IT OUT", but those who don't think it's "Invasive for them", should know, yes it is.


On Jun 4, 2010, mrae from Marshalltown, IA wrote:

I originally had three plants when I lived in the NW, planted at the base of my deck (two story house). I kept close watch to train them up a trellis and every year I took out the garden shears and chopped them waaaaaaay back. They loved it. The grew back fuller and in better shape, never getting scraggely or yellow. When I sold the house they were over 12 feet tall. The fragance of the flowers is intoxicating. I would lie in bed at night with the door open and let the room fill with it's sweetness. In the morning I would wake up and look out to see many, many hummingbirds, butterflies and bee's working hard feeding from it.

I live in Iowa now where winter's can drop to -25 F during the winter. All three of my plants survived last year. I am training them to a trellis right... read more


On May 9, 2010, cofish from Nampa, ID wrote:

I bought one last spring at a local nursery and it has grown well did well through winter. I have not seen any blooms as of yet. It is staying within the area I gave it. It really adds to our backyard. It is way easier to keep contained then the wild morning glory that takes over everything and kills off my vegetables and other flowers in our back garden. Idaho can be difficult to find things that weather our harsh winters. Even things zoned for our area dont always make it through our winters.


On Jun 14, 2008, mixuone from Methuen, MA wrote:

I know that this plant is supposed to be invasive, but I have had two growing on a wrought iron fence for 7 years and they have never gotten more than 6 ft high in my area and they definately are not spreading. One of them didn't make it through this past winter and I have had a hard time replacing it because of it's invasive reputation. I finally found another one on online and I'm thrilled. I am a responsible gardener and keep my plants trimmed.
On the other hand, my neighbor has a Forsythia that to me seems like an invasive plant. It is growing through the 4' stone wall that divides our properties and I constantly have to cut it back!


On Jul 25, 2007, dkm65 from Cedar Falls, IA (Zone 4b) wrote:

This is an exotic invasive, and banned in several New England states, and problematic in many others. It readily escapes into the wilds through being spread by birds, and should not be grown in the U.S.


On Jul 31, 2005, abqturkey from Albuquerque, NM (Zone 7a) wrote:

We have three Hall's Honeysuckle in containers on a second floor balcony, so there are no issues with invasiveness. But like many others, I have found it to be a bit scraggly looking, with very few blooms, and scattered yellowing leaves. It keeps plugging away, though, with constant new growth.


On May 10, 2005, silverbyrch from Portland, OR wrote:

I bought this plant when I lived in Oregon City, OR and I just loved it! I put it in my border, on the corner by the stairs, up against the west-facing wall at the 4-plex that I owned. At night, when you walked by you would catch a wiff of the fragrant blossoms and it just made you feel good. I never really had a problem with it being invasive, or overly sloppy. The only downside was that I wished I could have created a taller trellis for the plant so it could show off its beauty.

Yes, it does get a little straggly in the winter months, and some of the leaves do turn yellow, but hey, it's Oregon! And out here you just go with the flow. So you pick off the yellow leaves if they bother you, it's no big deal.

When I bought my house in Portland two years ago I p... read more


On May 9, 2005, MaryE from Baker City, OR (Zone 5b) wrote:

Several years ago I bought 2 Hall's Honeysuckles to grow on an arbor in part sun. They are growing nicely, not being invasive and smell wonderful when they bloom. Since I live in an arid region I don't think they will become a problem invading nearly areas. I haven't seen any small ones comming up anywhere. Also, the hardyness goes down to at least -18F and the plants still retain some green leaves.


On Aug 22, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

There are uses for such an invasive plant. My son's newer house in an Atlanta suburb is on a steeply wooded lot, and the developer dug in a large underground pipe that drains the street for about 100 feet, and the pipe then opens into a large, deep ditch along the edge of my son's side yard. This ditch is huge--about 20 feet wide and 10 feet deep, and for several years it eroded into an even larger size, despite my son's efforts to terrace and plant ground covers. This ditch runs about 70 feet or so to cascade over a 12 foot drop into a very large "detention" pond.

This elaborate drainage system was mandated by the County and the State of Georgia to mitigate silt run off into the highly polluted Chattahoochee River about 15 miles away. However, the ditch was an eyesore and ... read more


On Aug 21, 2003, Thaumaturgist from Rockledge, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

Japanese honeysuckle invades fields, forest edges and openings, disturbed woods, and floodplains, in eastern North America, where it spreads rapidly and outcompetes native vegetation by vigorous above- and below-ground competition. Once established, the vine may literally engulf small trees and shrubs, which collapse under the weight, and few plants survive beneath the dense canopy. It has also escaped cultivation at scattered locations in California and in Hawaii where it has the potential to become a severe pest in mesic and wet forest areas.

Japanese honeysuckle has few natural enemies in North America and is difficult to control once established. Thus, the best and most effective control method is to prevent its establishment by surveying a site for its presence regu... read more


On Jul 2, 2003, dejavu from Rochester, NY wrote:

Ordered bare roots online and planted them and forgot about them. I love things that grow beautifully even if neglected.


On Jun 23, 2003, mouseboots from Burgaw, NC wrote:

I ordered two of these from a catalogue that said they would grow and bloom in sun or shade and would cover a large area in the first year. I needed a climbing vine for a shaded area so fell for the pitch. This is the second year with no blooms and the growth is scraggly at best. There was no real soil in the area that I needed these so I planted them in large pots with good soil for better growth. Having read the other comments here, I'm glad that I kept them confined.


On Jun 22, 2003, Bug_Girl from San Francisco, CA wrote:

I read in a gardening book that it would be good for covering a huge hole in my fense so I got one. The problem was it hardy bloomed at all. I did not like it because it got too big, and had to be trimmed constandly. Much work but little reward.


On Jun 22, 2003, amelia98 from Brookline, NH wrote:

Unattractive within a few years. Though rugged enough to live in the worst of circumstance (sandy soil, non-stop all day sun, neglect, etc.), the branching dies to the ground and resprouts off to unused directions in the spring. Also sprawled all over the ground (rooting) and into my neighbor's yard. It's just a pain to keep up with and not good looking enough to put up with it's workload. Maybe it'd be better in a small confined area so it wouldn't be such a fight. This is troublesome in bad soil/harsh conditions, I'm guessing it'd be a full time job in good soil/good conditions.


On Mar 1, 2003, mgmarcks from Roseville, MI wrote:

Great for the Great Lakes region. It is almost evergreen and very fragrant. Blooms almost all summer but most heavily in the spring. Every year it is thicker and taller. Put it on a tall trellis and it will screen everything.


On Mar 1, 2003, Greenknee from Chantilly, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is an introduced plant, and here in the Mid-Atlantic states it is a pest. Birds scatter the seeds, and it creeps into, on, and over any plants, esp. shrubs, fencerows and shaded areas. It is very hard to eradicate - I spend a good portion of every year just keeping it at bay, but never defeating it. I have given up on fencerows, as the roots are impossible to get at, and they break off below ground, and resprout stronger than ever in days. Last fall I hauled a pickup load of roots away from one 2,000 s/f groundcover area. I first mowed it to the ground, after Hostas and Convallaria were dormant. The Ivy area and the Vinca areas will regrow, but it is a real pain to seperate the good roots from the bad. A couple of weeks work, just to keep it under moderate control.

Othe... read more