The Japanese honeysuckle is an old, robust garden plant with several varieties such as "Halls Prolific". The variation "Halliana" (Dr. George Hall / USA, 1862) is probably the original species. Medium to vigorous growth up to 6 metres in height, long flowering from June to September (October), strong fragrance, often wintergreen.
(Japanese Honeysuckle, lat.: Lonicera japonica)
Warmth-loving plant requiring a sunny to partially shaded, most lightly shaded location. For loose, nutrient-rich and slightly damp soils. Distance between two plants: 2 - 3 metres.
This twining vine from Asia has been used as a garden plant in Japan since long ago. It was introduced to Europe in 1806. Medium vigorous growth with a height up to 6 metres, with overhanging shoots. Low to medium stem development. The foliage lasts from April to winter and can even be persistent in milder winters. Not susceptible to mildew. The flowers are white or yellow with an intense sweet scent and last from June to September. The black berries are inedible but make the birds happy in autumn. The scent is especially strong in the evening and in the morning. To avoid balding of the plants, some shoots need to be cut back right down to the trunk at the end of winter before the shoots develop. Summer pruning of the green wood stimulates branching in Japanese Honeysuckle.