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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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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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