Lonicera japonica
Category Vine
Size 15' to 30'
Flower Color Creamy White to Yellow
Flower Season Spring Summer
Exposure Full Sun or Partial Shade
Water Regular irrigation, especially during the spring and summer
Growth Rate Fast
Hardiness 20°F


The dense, vigorous evergreen or semi-deciduous vine has twining stems and climbs fifteen to thirty feet tall to cover a large area quickly with its sprawling branches and dense foliage. It has deep green, medium-sized, oval leaves with a brownish colored back. In spring and summer, the plant produces creamy white, fragrant blooms that turn yellow as they mature and send a heavenly scent throughout the garden. The flowers attract bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.  Use it as a bank cover or on slopes for erosion control, or train it on an arbor, trellis, or garden posts for color. Also use it as a screening plant to hide an unsightly area in the landscape. Plant this fast-growing vine near entryways to enjoy its highly fragrant, spring flowers. It is native to the hills and mountains of Japan and the mountains and low-lying areas of Korea. This plant has naturalized and established itself in the southeastern United States where it grows in fields, at the edges of forests, in disturbed woods, and on floodplains.


It likes full sun or partial shade. This vine also prefers regular irrigation, especially during the spring and summer, when it is most actively growing. The honeysuckle can also take some drought conditions and is hardy to fifteen to twenty degrees Fahrenheit. This plant handles most soils, as long as they are well-draining. The vine may become invasive with its rampant growth, and often looks scraggly during the winter. Prune back after flowering to maintain its size and growth. Also, watch for possible infestations of aphids during early spring through the summer, and treat them as needed.
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