Delavay honeysuckle

Lonicera similis var. delavayi | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A semi-evergreen twining climber, lonicera similis var. delavayi boasts the same lush green, glossy ovate foliage that the genus is famed for, but with fine white hairs on their underside, creating a glittery effect in the wind. Commonly known as the delavay honeysuckle, it is an autumn bloomer, producing clusters of fragrant, tubular white blossoms with long white stamens creating an unkempt appearance. By autumn, they’ll have faded to yellow before being replaced by small black globular berries. The delavay honeysuckle thrives in moist but well-drained soil in full sun, but is vulnerable to frost so should be planted in a sheltered area or indoors during the winter months. Light pruning after flowering is recommended.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating its berries, or risk having mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 5 - 8
Spread [m]
  • 1.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Yellow
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-9
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Climbers
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Bonsai
  • For birds & bees
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years