How to Plant a Hawkeye Honeysuckle Shrub


Hawkeye honeysuckle is a rambunctious, easy-to-grow shrub. In mid-spring, the leathery green foliage will be covered with masses of intensely fragrant pink blooms that will turn into orange and red fruit by the time summer rolls around. Hawkeye honeysuckle is a great choice for a windbreak or privacy screen, and makes a wonderful habitat for for neighborhood birds, providing them with both food and protective cover. Plant hawkeye honeysuckle in early spring, after your area's last frost.

Step 1

Decide where you want to plant the hawkeye honeysuckle. It will grow in any type of well-drained soil, so don't plant it where rainwater tends to puddle. Choose a site where the shrub will get full or partial sun.

Step 2

Dig a hole the height of the hawkeye honeysuckle's root system, and twice as wide. Remove the hawkeye honeysuckle from the container. If it's stubborn, tap the sides of the container with the heel of your hand to loosen the roots.

Step 3

Hold the hawkeye honeysuckle upright in the hole, and fill the hole with the reserved soil. The crown of the plant, which is where the trunk meets the root system, should be about an inch below the soil.

Step 4

Water the hawkeye honeysuckle thoroughly, and then apply a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around the base of the plant. However, don't apply it so close that it touches the trunk. Mulch the area heavily in late autumn to protect the shrub from freezing.

Step 5

Water the hawkeye honeysuckle often for the first year, and don't allow the soil to dry out. After the shrub is established, it will need to be watered only when the weather is extremely hot and dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Hawkeye honeysuckle
  • Shovel
  • Mulch


  • Great Lakes Nursery Co.: Lonicera tatarica (Honeysuckle 'Hawkeye')
  • The Garden Helper: Planting, Growing and Caring for Honeysuckle Plants
  • Iowa State University Extension: Buck Rose - Hawkeye Belle
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M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.