Hall’s Honeysuckle is a semi-evergreen vine that is native to eastern Asia and has become naturalized across many regions of the United States. It has light to dark green leaves and highly fragrant tubular white flowers that age to creamy yellow. These bloom from spring to early summer and are followed by red to orange berry-like fruit that is attractive to birds. The dense foliage of Japanese honeysuckle has no notable fall color.
The vigorous ‘Halliana’ can tolerate a wide range of soils and light-levels. Japanese honeysuckle is a highly invasive and aggressive plant, in the garden and beyond, so gardeners beware. Left to its own devices, it naturally layers and re-seeds itself, forming dense complexes of vines or a groundcover thicket. Birds also contribute by easting and dropping the seeds across the landscape. Consider a better behaving honeysuckle vine for the garden, such as woodbine (Lonicera periclymenum).
Select a site with full sun to shade and moist, well-drained soil. The plants will flower more profusely in full sun.
Plant in spring or fall. Space plants 5 to 15 feet apart, depending on the expected mature size of the plant. Dig a hole only as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. If your soil is in very poor condition, amend the soil you’ve removed from the hole with a small amount of compost. Otherwise don’t amend it at all. Carefully remove the plant from the container and set it in the hole. Fill the hole half full with soil, then water it well to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets. Let the water drain, then fill the remainder of hole with soil and water thoroughly.
Apply a layer of compost around the base of the plant each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Prune shrubs and vines after flowering. Aggressive varieties can be pruned back to the ground in late winter to control growth.
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