Sunny, but better semi-shaded Position, in full shade tends to become bare in lower parts. Nutrient rich, fresh to moist soils, shade on the root zone is favourable.
A twiner, moderately vigorous growth habit, slight to medium stem formation. Leaves curl themselves up in harsh winters, when water can no longer be taken up via the roots, they then drop off and in early spring new shoots emerge. However, in a mild micro-climate and a protected position, the plant is usually evergreen.
- In winter, the leaves often curl themselves up into tubes, a self-protection mechanism to reduce evapo-transpiration.
Inconspicuous flowers from June to July (August). Small, round blue-black berries.
Vertical, fan and net shaped supports. Horizontal and branching support elements are used to protect the plant from collapsing and encourage a dense leaf wall. For suitable growth support systems see below. Light and Medium, better Heavy Duty Growth Support Systems.
Occasional pruning in spring to thin out and to encourage branching of plant. If plant has become bare in lower area, hard pruning back into the old wood is recommended.
- Gigantic honeysuckles L. henryii on wire ropes, north wall, in the vicinity of a river
- Henry's Honeysuckle enclosing a wheelie bin area
- Without sufficient water and nutrients Lonicera henryi cannot develop a dense leaf mass.