Facts on the Honeysuckle Plant

Overview

Honeysuckle is a woody-stem plant that produces sweet-smelling, small trumpet-shaped flowers. These fragrant flowers draw hummingbirds, butterflies and bees during their spring to summer blooming season.

Location

Honeysuckle thrives in damp, well-drained soil. The plant grows in light from shade to sun, blooming best in full sun.

Types

The two primary types of honeysuckle are spreading bush and climbing vine varieties.

Colors

Honeysuckle blossoms are shades of white, yellow, red and orange. Flowers are often bicolor, such as white and yellow.

Uses

Honeysuckle plants are sturdy perennials suited to ornamental hedges, privacy screens and mass plantings.

Size

Shrub or bush honeysuckle plants spread from 6 to 15 feet in height and width. Vining varieties grow from 10 to 20 feet tall by climbing along a support such as a fence or tree.

Considerations

Some honeysuckle plants are aggressive. Invasive varieties such as tartarian and Japanese honeysuckle choke out native plants, are hard to eradicate and should not be planted.

References

  • Honeysuckle
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