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Climber Wall Shrub

Humulus lupulus 'Prima Donna'

hop 'Prima Donna'

'Prima Donna' is a herbaceous climber, up to 3m high, with toothed three-lobed or five-lobed leaves which start green and become greenish-yellow later in the season. Numerous, aromatic, hanging, cone-like greenish female flower clusters appear in summer, followed in autumn by the aromatic hops

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Green
Summer Green Green Green Yellow
Autumn Green Green Yellow Brown Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

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

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Cannabaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Climbing
Genus

Humulus are vigorous herbaceous climbers with rough, twining stems, deeply palmately-lobed leaves and small green flowers, male and female on separate plants

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in full sun or partial shade in moist-well-drained soil, preferably in a deep, fertile neutral or alkaline loam. Provide supports such as twine, wires or trellis. Hops can be used for brewing; new spring shoots can be cooked and eaten

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings, root cuttings, or division

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Cut flowers
  • Hedging and screens
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Remove excess shoots if necessary; the hops can be harvested, or the bines can be cut for decorations, in early autumn; cut to ground level in autumn

Pests

May be affected by aphids and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

May be affected by downy mildews. This cultivar is said to be fairly tolerant of wilt and to be resistant to powdery mildews

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