Italian honeysuckle

Lonicera x italica | Also known as: Lonicera 'American', Lonicera periclymenum 'Belgica', x americana Lonicera, Lonicera caprifolium | Rating: 2 votes | Print / Pdf

A hybrid of lonicera ertusca and lonicera caprifolium, the great attraction of lonicera x italica is its colourful floral display against its lush, dark green foliage. A vigorous deciduous climber, its foliage is comprised of broad, elliptical leaves that grow profusely from long, flexible purple-green stems or vines. In summer, terminal clusters of strongly perfumed flowers emerge, initially in a brilliant white colour, turning yellow and then becoming flushed purple, before being replaced with red berries in autumn. Commonly known as the Italian honeysuckle, it thrives in moist but well-drained soil, preferably in partial shade. A popular option for wall-sides and trellises, it can spread quickly, so 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
  • Mixed colours
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • Greenwood cuttings
  • seed
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Climbing
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z4-9
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -34 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
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