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Lonicera maackii

Amur honeysuckle

Large deciduous shrub or small tree to 5m in height, with paired, oval, tapered dark green leaves, to 8cm long. Fragrant, tubular 2-lipped white flowers 2cm long, age to yellow and are produced along the stems in early summer, then long-lasting dark red berries follow

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer White Yellow Green
Autumn Green Red
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Caprifoliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy, Spreading branched
Potentially harmful
Fruit are ornamental - not to be eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling. Pets: Fruit are ornamental - not to be eaten - see the HTA guide to potentially harmful plants for further information and useful contact numbers
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

Name status

Correct

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow shrubby honeysuckle in any well drained soil in full sun or partial shade. See honeysuckle (shrubby) cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by seed as soon as ripe, semi-ripe cuttings in summer or hardwood cuttings in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Hedging and screens
  • Wall side borders
  • Climber and wall shrubs
Pruning

Pruning group 2. Can be wall trained against a fence or wall, see pruning group 13 for wall training

Pests

May be susceptible to honeysuckle aphids, thrips and glasshouse whitefly

Diseases

May be susceptible to powdery mildews, fungal leaf spot, silver leaf and honey fungus (rarely)

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