Honeysuckle Vine

About the Fragrant Honeysuckle Vine


Honeysuckle vines

Grow best in hardiness zones 4 to 9

It is recommended to plant in the spring or fall as the roots prefer cool and moist conditions to establish themselves properly. The leaves of this vine are dark green to blue-green and are oval. In summer, the flowers on this vine bloom in clusters on the branches' tips and come in colors such as pastel pinks and vibrant reds. Typically these flowers are heavily scented and an excellent attractant for butterflies. Red and orange berries replace the flower blooms in the fall. Honeysuckle vines can grow up to 5 to 20 feet tall and grow well trained along a fence line or trellis. Honeysuckle vines are not particular regarding soil types, but they grow best when the soil drains well.

The vine prefers full sun for the most voracious blooms, but it will tolerate partial shade. After being planted, it will be needed to be thoroughly watered at least once a week. It is best to keep the area around the roots moist but not soggy. After it is established, it is drought tolerant and requires much less watering.

Honeysuckle vines can become woody at their base over time; this will be counteracted by cutting back the plant's branches near the ground, encouraging new growth. Winter is the best time to prune overly congested areas of growth or broken branches. Honeysuckle vines respond well to severe pruning if needed, such as with wild overgrowth. The vine will recover again in spring.

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