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  • Scientific Name: Lonicera
  • Garden: Lawn Alternatives Garden, Xeriscaping Garden
  • Plant Type: Vine
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous
  • Sun/Shade Exposure: Full Sun or Part Shade
  • Moisture Requirements: Moist, Well-Drained

Plant Information

Characteristics: Around 180 species of deciduous or evergreen shrubs and vines make up the Honeysuckle genus. Leaves are opposite and are often fused, forming a disc. Flowers are often tubular forming a deep throat, attracting birds and bees, and are often fragrant. Seedy fruit follows flowers. Culture: Honeysuckles are very adaptable, enjoying many soil types and varying pH with the exception being very wet boggy soil. They thrive in full sun to part shade. Hardiness varies depending on species. Pruning: Pruning should happen directly after flowering. Vines will need training during their rapid growth phase and (at least) yearly pruning to keep them where you want them. If plants become overgrown and rangy, they can be pruned hard to the ground and they will grow back with multiple shoots. Pests: Aphids and Powdery Mildew seem to be the worst problems in Portland. Several treatments are effective and readily available.

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LONI Full CM (©2020 Cheri Moland), LONI Fruit2 CM (©2020 Cheri Moland), LONI Flower CM (©2020 Cheri Moland), LONI Leaf CM (©2020 Cheri Moland)