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Common Honeysuckle (Wild Form)

This honeysuckle can be found in the wild in some parts of Europe. Compared to domestic varieties like gold flame honeysuckle, the common honeysuckle is much more vigorous, grows much higher, and is therefore great for facade greening. As it twines more vigorously, it is perfect for high trellises.

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Common honeysuckle - Lonicera periclymenum

Common honeysuckle
Common honeysuckle

To Thrive...

Location can be sunny (not exposed), but partially-shaded or shaded is better. The soil should be fresh, moist and rich, heavy and loamy. The root base should be shaded and protected against temperature fluctuations and drying out. This honeysuckle thrives in sites with high humidity, high groundwater levels (river meadows), and with protection from wind. Lack of water in hot locations leads to aphid infestation; mildew may also occur. Distance between plants: 1.5 - 3 metres. >>> Price

Characteristics and Pruning

Twining climber, moderately vigorous growth with overhanging shoots, growth height up to 5 metres. The trunk develops slowly, foliage lasts from April to October. The wild variety is not well known but is FassadenGrün's favourite as it is healthy and has hearty, rapid growth. The available varieties are almost always bred for a longer and richer flowering ("Serotina," "Belgica," and "Graham Thomas") but have a weaker growth. These varieties of the common honeysuckle have pink-violet buds and are more colourful, as is the gold flame honeysuckle. The flowering lasts from June to September. The scent is especially strong in the morning and the afternoon. The berries are slightly toxic, but are enjoyed by birds in autumn. Flowers and berries are sticky. At least some of the shoots should be pruned down to 50 cm from the trunk to avoid a balding of the plant. Pruning in summer promotes branching.

Climbing Supports for the Facade

A trellis with horizontal elements (rods or wires) -- as well as fences, pergolas, and other constructions -- can be used as a support for this honeysuckle. Choose a trellis in the easy, medium or light design ranges. The heavy design range provide better aeration of the plant.


Suitable wire rope trellises

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Richly flowering variant of the common honeysuckle lonicera periclymenum
Common honeysuckle on a downpipe
Honeysuckle in bloom, passage in a multi-storey parking house; a pair of wire ropes on each post. With potted plants like this, plants and soil have to be renewed every 4 years.
Exuberant flowering of the common honeysuckle on a wooden trellis
Common honeysuckle Lonicera periclymenum on a stake
The traditional "Knotenstock" (knot-sticks) of the 'journeymen carpenter' are made from trunks that have been strangled by the common forest honeysuckle.
Flower of one of the violett varieties

Suitable wire rope trellises for the common honeysuckle

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