• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous 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 caprifolium

perfoliate honeysuckle

  • Other common names perfoliate honeysuckle
    caprifole

    caprifoly
    early cream honeysuckle
    goat honeysuckle
    goat-leaf honeysuckle
    Italian honeysuckle
    Italian woodbine
    lily-among-thorns
    white Italian honeysuckle

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  • Synonyms Lonicera 'Early Cream'

  • Family Caprifoliaceae

  • 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

  • Details L. caprifolium is a strong-growing, twining deciduous shrub making a large climber with oval, blue-green leaves, the upper perfoliate. Flowers to 5cm in length, scented, creamy-white, in terminal clusters. Berries orange-red

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Climbing

  • Fragrance Flower

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H6

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

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

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Clay

    Clay

  • Chalk

    Chalk

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAlkaline, Neutral, Acid

Size

  • Ultimate height 4-8 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Best in partial shade but can tolerate full sun, will grow 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 Generally disease free

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