Honeysuckle is a generic term most often used to describe Japanese honeysuckle, although there are many different varieties of honeysuckle. It is a vine with aromatic flowers that is usually around 30 feet long.
Honeysuckle is a vine with elliptical leaves, white tubular flowers that fade to yellow and bluish-black berries. It flowers throughout the growing season, with cool weather deciduous leaves or evergreen leaves in warmer climates.
The vine grows best in full sun or partial shade, however, it can be in full shade and just not flower as much as its full-sun counterpart. It does fine in drought or moisture-rich environments.
Honeysuckle is hardy throughout Zones 4 to 10.
The honeysuckle vine needs pruning after flowering so it stays contained. If it has become overgrown, cut the vine back sharply and it will come back fast.
The vine can be propagated by seed or through layering. Old seeds need to be cold stratified before they are viable; planting as soon as seeds are ripe will ensure best growth.
The Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council has listed Japanese honeysuckle as invasive and a "severe threat" by the Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council.
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