• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Lonicera × italica

Italian honeysuckle

Italian honeysuckle

© � RHS 2002

  • Other common names Italian honeysuckle

  • Synonyms Lonicera caprifolium f. pauciflora
    Lonicera periclymenum 'Belgica' misapplied

    Loniceraamericana misapplied
    Lonicera 'American'

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  • Genus Lonicera can be deciduous and evergreen shrubs, or climbers with twining stems. The tubular or two-lipped flowers, often very fragrant, are followed by red or black berries

  • Family Caprifoliaceae / Caprifoliaceae

  • Species L.italica is a large, vigorous twining deciduous climber with broadly elliptic leaves. Very fragrant tubular white flowers, soon turning yellow and suffused with purple, are borne in terminal clusters

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Climbing

  • Fragrance Flower

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing or North-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed

Soil

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Chalk

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height

    4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Best in partial shade but tolerates full sun, thrives in any moist but well-drained soil

Propagation Propagate by layering, hardwood cuttings or semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types Wall-side Borders Coastal

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 11 after flowering

Pests May get aphids and thrips

Diseases May be affected by powdery mildew

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