perennials, shrubs, climbers/vines
fall is best
6' to 15'
full sun to light shade (shade produces fewer flowers and berries)
average, well-drained soil
zones 4 to 10 depending on variety
flowers followed by berries from late spring to fall depending on species
variety of colorful, bell or funnel-shaped fragrant flowers and red or yellow berries depending on species
green leaves in opposite pairs
seeds, softwood cuttings (late spring or summer) and hardwood cuttings (fall and winter)
shrub borders, hedges, climbing vines, and fragrance garden; berries loved by backyard birds
There are over 180 species of honeysuckle shrubs and vines growing in a variety of habitats. Growing requirement will vary some according to species. Generally speaking, purchased plants or rooted cuttings are best planted in the fall. Seeds can be started in a cold frame as soon as they ripen. Plants like regular watering during the growing season. Honeysuckle is typically very low maintenance-needing very little pruning and seldom bothered by pests. Some species can become invasive if not kept in bounds.
Honeysuckle berries are not suited for human consumption and may cause a mild upset stomach if ingested.