Lonicera etrusca | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

The Etruscan honeysuckle doesn't mind being introduced on a second name basis

A deciduous perennial climber, lonicera etrusca offers a spectacular, though delicate-looking floral specimen in summer. Vigorous, it can make light work of wall-sides and trellises, with its grey-green, rounded leaves growing from thin, reddish-brown stems. Its flowers win the plaudits, with dense floral spikes emerging from fused leaves and producing light yellow or pink tubular blossoms that are extremely fragrant. These flowers give way to clusters of bright red berries in late autumn. Commonly known as Etruscan honeysuckle, it grows best in moist but well-drained soil and in full sun. But it is tender to frost, so planting in a sheltered location is important.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating its berries, or risk having mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 3 - 5
Spread [m]
  • 1
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
Foliage in spring
  • Blue-green
Foliage in summer
  • Blue-green
Propagation methods
  • Greenwood cuttings
  • seed
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z7-10
Heat zone
  • H9-3
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -18 - 4
Heat days
  • 7 - 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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