Japanese honeysuckle is a rampant evergreen or semi-evergreen vine native to eastern Asia and naturalized across many regions of the United States. Named for its purple-tinged green leaves, the cultivar ‘Purpurea’ bears highly fragrant purple-red flowers with white interiors from spring intermittently through late summer. The blue-black berry-like fruit attracts birds.
This vigorous and invasive vine can tolerate a wide range of soils and exposures. Many better behaved honeysuckle vines are available, including woodbine (Lonicera periclymenum) and goldflame honeysuckle (L. x heckrottii).
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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White, Red, Purple
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