Early Dutch honeysuckle

Lonicera periclymenum | Also known as: Dutch woodbine | Rating: 3 votes | Print / Pdf

The common honeysuckle likes to keep things shady

A deciduous climber, lonicera periclymenum is widely regarded as one of the finest options to cover bare walls or garden trellises. Its vines twine practically anywhere, with its dark green, oval leaves often spreading quite a distance. Known as the common honeysuckle, it is its intriguingly delicate looking flowers that mainly draw attention. Tubular, two-lipped creamy-white blossoms emerge in tight clusters each summer, filling the garden with a strong sweet fragrance. In autumn, it produces round red berries. Common honeysuckle thrives in moist, well-drained soil and is a great fan of shade, making it ideal for woodland areas and hedgerows too. Pruning is advised to maintain shape.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating its berries, or risk having mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 5 - 10
Spread [m]
  • 1.5
Dominant flower colour
  • Mixed colours
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • Greenwood cuttings
  • seed
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Creeping
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-9
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -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
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years
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