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Lonicera japonica - Japanese Honeysuckle

Lonicera japonica can be striking in the garden but many think it too aggressive and can't be tamed. The Japanese Honeysuckle thrive in almost any conditions within 15 miles of the coast. Lonicera japonica seemingly blooms all year, but is lightest in the Winter. The recent flowers are white, and they contrast nicely with the older yellow flowers. Lonicera japonica prefers good soil, regular water and to avoid extreme heat. The flowers are a great nectar source for hummingbirds and butterflies. Lonicera japonica purpurea readily grows 10-15 feet if there is anything to climb and will work as a medium sized shrub if there is not. The fragrant flowers come on in our area in late Spring and continue through Summer and into Fall and attract the Great Ash Sphinx moth, as well as the Gulf Frittilary, Giant Swallowtail, and Western Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies. Lonicera japonica will produce quite a lot of deadwood each year, and looks best if this is removed in the Winter. Japanese Honeysuckle is Winter Hardy to zone 6.

Lonicera japonica, Japanese Honeysuckle

White flowers fading to yellow Lonicera japonica - Japanese Honeysuckle. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Plants from the genus Lonicera featured on this site:
Lonicera ciliosa * Orange Honeysuckle, Western Trumpet Honeysuckle
Lonicera involucrata * Twinberry
Lonicera japonica * Japanese Honeysuckle
Lonicera japonica purpurea * Purple Leaf Japanese Honeysuckle
Lonicera subspicata denudata * Chaparral Honeysuckle