The evergreen leaves of this honeysuckle make it an attractive choice for greening fences or privacy screens (also as an interesting alternative to ivy). The evergreen honeysuckle is healthy, but sensitive to lack of water.
Evergreen honeysuckle / Henry honeysuckle - Lonicera henryi
Evergreen honeysuckle thrives in sunny, or even better, partially shaded locations- sometimes even in full shade, but then grows with fewer leaves. The soil should be rich, fresh, and moist. Shading the base is advised. Distance between individual plants: 3 metres.
Honeysuckle is a twining vine from China, introduced to Europe (Great Britain) in 1908 by Ernest Wilson. It has moderately vigorous growth with overhanging shoots, with a maximum height up to 12 metres, depending on the location. Little to medium trunk development. The leaves curl up in harsh winters when the roots can no longer draw water from the frozen ground, and eventually fall off before growing back in early spring. The plant is evergreen in most years, especially in a mild micro-climate and protected location. Leaves are not susceptible to mildew or prone to disease. The flowers last from June to July (August). The fruits are small, blue-black, round berries. It should be pruned occasionally in spring and thinned out to promote branching.
The supporting trellis should be vertical or shaped like a fan or a net. Horizontal elements give the plant better grip and promote foliage density. See the chart below for compatible rope systems. Choose a simple basic or basic-s trellis or a trellis in the medium range; for trellises higher than 6 metres, choose a heavy or massive trellis.
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