Growing Honeysuckle

Growing Hints:

  • There are over 180 species of honeysuckle shrubs and vines growing in a variety of habitats.
  • Growing requirements 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.

Interesting Facts:

Honeysuckle berries are not suited for human consumption and may cause a mild upset stomach if ingested.

Botanical Name:


Life Cycle:

perennials, shrubs, climbers/vines

Planting Time:

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

Bloom Time:

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)

Suggested Use:

shrub borders, hedges, climbing vines, and fragrance garden; berries loved by backyard birds

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 2, 20060 found this helpful

I wanted to know how to grow honeysuckle from a cutting this gives no information on that.

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July 5, 20140 found this helpful

Be very careful with the fruits or any other part of the honeysuckle. You will not find definitive scientific opinion about the toxicity of honeysuckle only because very few accidents happen, the fruits having a repulsive taste to human, but it is not because there is not yet enough knowledge to draw conclusions about the toxins present in the different parts of the honeysuckle that it should be considered as only mildly toxic.


You can only conclude that : the toxins present or involved is not yet known, that how much toxins are present and involved is not yet known but the toxicity is known. Some wild honeysuckle native to Europe like the alpine type or the shrub-shaped types (ie : the non-climber type) have the most fragrant flowers but their fruits and all parts of the plant have caused accidents with children and adults.

The fruits of these honeysuckles can be red and growing in grapes or black or deep blue and easily mistaken with other berries harvested for jam. Keep also in mind that the power of the vegetal toxins depends on the climate of the region where the plants are grown. It means that what is true in one country may not be true in another one. The poppy that produces opium was native to Spain, not native to Asia.

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June 8, 2013

We have a very healthy honeysuckle that has an orange like color and lots of blooms, but no scent.

By Tom C


June 10, 20130 found this helpful

Some of the orange flowered varieties of honeysuckle are scentless. You must have one of those. They are very attractive to hummingbirds, however.

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May 12, 2013

A thriving variegated honeysuckle vine suddenly became covered in ants. Within a couple of days the vine and flowers wilted and appeared about to die, as if poisoned. The root and about the first three feet of the vine appear untouched by the changes. Is this caused by aphids? Can the vine be saved, at least the part that still appears healthy? Recommendations? Sorry no photo.


By Donna Y.


May 20, 20130 found this helpful


If the plant is covered with aphids treat it quickly with a pesticide. Ants can also signal a scale invasion. Take a look at the bark of the honeysuckle. What you believe to be a crusty bark can be hundreds of scales infesting your plant. Take a toothpick and try to push or rub off these "marks" if they drops off the wood easily it is a scale invasion. Use oily pesticide against the scales.

You should try to find out what type is your honeysucle as it needs to be pruned at the right time according to its type either after the flowering period in summer or before spring. But it can't be pruned in spring. Pruning now would make the plant produce new shoots from its base and if it is an aphid infection it would only provide new fresh food for the aphids. Honeysuckle vines are very resistant and it should be able to resist aphids or scale invasion so you should check its conditions (enough shade, enough water but well drained ect).


Hope this help !


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August 26, 2013

My honeysuckle produces well developed branches and green leaves, but no flowers?

By David P from Wolverton, Milton Keynes, UK

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February 14, 2013

Last September I planted honeysuckle (dry looking) stems that I purchased from an internet gardening company. When should these make an appearance, and what will they look like so that I don't inadvertently recognize them as weeds? Thank you.

By Karolyn Oman

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June 21, 2018

Honeysuckle plants are available in a variety of colors and configurations, from the traditional vine to plants that have been trained as small trees AKA grown as standards. These plants like sun, generally tolerate most soil types and may need a bit of fertilizer such as green tea if they seem a bit puny or sickly.


The vines need support. This is a page about caring for a honeysuckle.

Honeysuckle flowers on tree

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June 20, 2018

Honeysuckle can be either an arching shrub or a twining vine. This fragrant garden plant with its tubular flowers in shades of creamy white through yellow and reddish orange, has some medicinal properties and is also used in fragrances and lotions. This page contains honeysuckle photos.

Light pink Honeysuckle flowers with leaves on white background

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April 28, 2017

Several vining plants, such as honeysuckle and wisteria, are often trained to grow more like a small tree. This is a page about growing honeysuckle as tree.

Growing Tree Form Honeysuckle

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March 20, 2017

Early fall side shoots on a honeysuckle bush are the result of an infestation by wooly aphids. This is a page about honeysuckle bush shoots.

A shoot from a honeysuckle bush.

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April 21, 2010

Garden: Honeysuckle

This is the second cape honeysuckle on the back wall. The birds love it's protection. And it is close to the water fall, where they drink and bathe.

By Vi Johnson from Moorpark, CA

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