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Evergreen Honeysuckle

Lonicera henryi (Henry's Honeysuckle)

This Honeysuckle is a favourite for its evergreen foliage, making it an ideal plant for delineation, separation or enclosure of spaces, as well as for greening of façades. It is therefore a good alternative to the English Ivy.

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Evergreen Honeysuckle

Requirements / Price

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.

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Characteristics and Pruning

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.


Flower and Fruit

Inconspicuous flowers from June to July (August). Small, round blue-black berries.



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.

Climbing Plant Support System

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 or even massive construction style.

Appropriate wire rope systems?

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Greening up walls with evergreen honeysuckle
Large honeysuckles "henryi" on wire ropes, north wall
Evergreen honeysuckle in winter
Evergreen honeysuckle in winter
Two honeysuckles on a door
Evergreen honeysuckle, inner courtyard

Examples for Greenings with Evergreen honeysuckle

Here you can see some more examples on greened objects and buildings with Lonicera henryi

Henry's Honeysuckle on a banister and balcony
Green wooden trellis
Heavy evergreen honeysuckle
Honeysuckle on a grid-trellis
Honeysuckle on a drainpipe
Green courtyard, evergreen honeysuckle
Greenery with Henry's Honeysuckle
Greenery on the street with honeysuckle
Green wall with lonicera henryii, without pruning
Lonicera henryi on a rubbish dump

Botanical features

This small picture gallery shows some parts of Lonicera henryi, such as leaves, fruits

Twining shoot tip
Fruits of lonicera henryi
Leaves in winter sometimes curl, this is for self protection against evaporation

Appropriate Wire Rope Systems for Evergreen honeysuckle

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suitable             = of limited suitability             = unsuitable