Lonicera, Purple-Leaf Japanese Honeysuckle 'Purpurea'

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: Purpurea



Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:



10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:



Magenta (pink-purple)

Gold (yellow-orange)

Pale Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From softwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Citrus Heights, California

Elk Grove, California

Stockton, California

Winter Springs, Florida

Sioux Center, Iowa

Goodman, Missouri

Logandale, Nevada

Wyckoff, New Jersey

Cloudcroft, New Mexico

Bohemia, New York

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon(7 reports)

Abington, Pennsylvania

Conroe, Texas

Grand Mound, Washington

Rochester, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Spokane, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

This cultivar is as destructive as the species.

The European woodbine (Lonicera periclymenoides) is a well-behaved substitute for the thuggish Japanese honeysuckle. It is highly fragrant and looks very similar. 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 honeysu... read more


On May 16, 2012, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I planted this vine in March of 2010. It hasn't been invasive at all and survived two of our coldest winters here in Central FL very well. Gets full sun until about two and the shaded most the rest of the day, and twice a week irrigation. Other than that I don't do a thing but trim back some stray branches. Flowers smell really nice, and the foliage is pretty with the purple coloring.


On Jan 18, 2011, myriban from Northeast region, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

Two years ago I planted this vine on a north facing wall that gets some refracted light. So far nothing invasive to report. It is calmly growing up a decorative trellis against our house, has very interesting purplish leaves but flowers are not surprisingly few due to the lack of sun. I'll see how it does this year and if it gets just enough flowers to be fragrant then I will keep it there. Just a thought...maybe the marginal location has kept it from being invasive.


On May 8, 2010, ladyisle from Bohemia, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

I rue the day I planted this vine. It has taken over the 30ft x 30ft bed that it was planted in 3 years ago, smothering everything in it's path. I can't get rid of it because I can't even find the mother plant anymore. HELP!