This is a deciduous native, British Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum), and is distinguished by its pretty, wagon-wheel shaped, very fragrant Summer flowers (especially at night time), which are a white/cream to deep yellow colour and flower for a large part of the summer. Late summer marks the appearance of attractive, small red berries. Fast-growing, up to 60cm (2ft) a year of creeping twiners (branches), it will rapidly tangle itself around trellis, arches and fencing, growing up to 7m (23ft) in total. Ideal for planting amongst other hedges to add colour and fragrance
You can plant in full sun or partial shade in almost all soil types, including extremes of acidity and alkalinity. The book states to plant the roots in shade with the remainder in the sun but I would have thought anything covered in soil was about as shaded as you can get! I presume they mean the area around the roots is preferably shaded?
Honeysuckle will tolerate drought and frost down to minus 20 degree centigrade. New leaves show in January and fall in November.
The flowers are both male and female and is self fertile and the flowers have been used as an expectorant and laxative which is the posh way of saying it can make body exits top and bottom, runny! It has a multitude of other alternative remedies too long to list on here.
Honeysuckle is also found in native hedgerows and woodland and is very good at attracting wildlife to it. Insects attracted to Lonicera Periclymenum are eaten by other wildlife such as birds and bats so expect increased visits from Blue Tits, Ladybirds, bats and lacewings. As it grows fairly densely it makes a good nesting habitat for birds.
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Benefits of using our plug plant trees
Our Honeysuckle plants are sold as plug plants, in other words the roots are encased in compost. This means that planting can be carried out at any time of the year, provided they are watered in periods of drought, compared to bare-root plants which can only be planted during the plants normal dormant period (November to March). All of these trees are UK grown, which is important for successful establishment.
See What Our Customers Are Saying About Our Honeysuckle (Lonicera periclymenum) Plants
February 2014:Thanks for your email message - which was so amusing that I thought I would take the time to respond to you!The honeysuckle plants that we ordered arrived promptly, were carefully packaged and so travelled safely. They look like strong little plants that should do well in our windy and chilly part of the UK! Many thanks. Kate