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Lonicera x americana: 'Pam's Pink' Honeysuckle / American Woodbine

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Description
Form: Twining vine.
Lifespan: Perennial.
Leaf retention: Deciduous.
Growth rate: Moderate to rapid.
Mature Size: 6-12' long or can be trained to a 6' shrub.
Flowers: Long red tubes with white lobes that fade to pale yellow, very fragrant.
Bloom: Spring into fall.
Fruit: Red berries.
Leaves: Dark green, oval with pointed tip.
Stems: No thorns.
Roots: Non-invasive unless fertilized.
Wildlife: Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds. Berries attract birds.
Toxic / Danger: All parts of the plant are slightly poisonous.
Origin: Parent species from Europe.

Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 7-10.
Sunset climate zones:
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Temperature dependant.
Sun: Full sun to part shade.
Water after becoming established: Monthly to weekly depending on temperature.
Soil: Well drained, tolerant of alkalinity and salinity. Do not fertilize to avoid rampant growth.
Mulch: To prevent shallow roots from heat damage.
Planting: Can be grown in a large container.
Prune: Can be trained to a shrub. Trim back 30% between fall and mid-winter to contain size and remove dead vine build-up which can be a fire hazard. Can be cut nearly to ground to start over.
Litter: Moderate.
Propagation: Seed, cuttings or layering.
Uses: Ornamental, wildlife garden, trellised screening.

Comments
Lonicera x americana is a hybrid of Lonicera ertusca and Lonicera caprifolium, created centuries ago in Europe. 'Pam's Pink' is a cultivar.



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