Botanical Name: Lonicera japonica
Common Name: Japanese Honeysuckle  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Ground cover, Vine


Height Range



Flower Color

Violet, White


Flower Season

Spring, Summer, Intermittent


Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate

Fast, Moderate


Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Dry


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage


Accenting Features



Seasonal Interest

Spring, Summer


Location Uses

Background, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Erosion Control, Hedge, Screen


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

This plant is a fast-growing groundcover, hedge or screen, or vine. It is considered invasive in many areas. The twining and woody vine can grow to 30 long and cover fences, buildings, trees, and any number of other things. Leaves are dark and lustrous green. Flowers are white and fade to yellow. They bloom from spring through summer. Flowers are fragrant and attract hummingbirds. 'Hals' is a preferred selection, as is 'Purpurea' which has more prominent coloring than 'Hals' and lovely purplish-red new foliage, besides being highly fragrant.
Needs support to become established if it is to be used as a climbing vine. Its a twining vine, so it has to have something to wrap its tendrils around. This is an aggressive vine, and so ought to be avoided in riparian corridor areas, or in wild-land interface areas as it could escape and over-take native plants.