What is American Honeysuckle?
American Honeysuckle (Lonicera x americana) also known as American Woodbine is a semi evergreen climber. It is part of the Caprifoliaceae family and is a hybrid of 2 European Honeysuckles, Lonicera etrusca and Lonicera caprifolium. American Honeysuckle is a vigorous climber that has ovate, dark green leaves. It flowers from Summer to Autumn with large flower heads of deep rose and creamy lemon that are fragrant. The perfume is strongest at night. After the flowers finish, in Autumn ornamental red berries form. American Honeysuckle is suitable for full sun to part shaded areas in the garden that has well drained soil. They like their roots in the shade and their tendrils in the sun.
Benefits of Growing American Honeysuckle
American Honeysuckles are hardy, fast growing and easy to grow. They are happy to ramble through trees or shrubs. Plant them along walls or fences, through pergolas or trellises. American Honeysuckle will attract beneficial insects and birds into the garden.
How to Grow American Honeysuckle
Cool to tropical.
Height: 2-3m, Width: 2-3m
When To Plant American Honeysuckle
They like rich, moist, humus-enriched, well-drained soil.
How To Plant American Honeysuckle
Plant in full sun or part-shade. Plant at the same level as it is in the pot. They will need the support of a trellis or fence, otherwise can be grown as a ground cover.
American Honeysuckle Plant Care
Water deeply in dry weather. Water if rainfall isn’t sufficient.
Mulch annually to keep roots cool, retain moisture and suppress weeds.
Fertilise with a complete fertiliser during Spring.
Prune to desired size and shape.