Form: A twining vine.
Leaf retention: Deciduous.
Growth rate: Moderate to rapid.
Mature Size: 6-12' long or can be trained to be 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. The berries attract birds.
Toxic / Danger: All parts of this plant are slightly poisonous.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones: 7-10.
Heat tolerant: Yes.
Drought tolerant: Temperature dependant.
Sun: Full sun to part shade.
Water after becoming established: Monthly to weekly depending on temperature. Hummingbirds may want
weekly to twice weekly irrigation to produce abundant nectar.
Soil: Well drained, tolerant of alkalinity and salinity. Do not fertilize to avoid rampant growth.
Mulch: Necessary to prevent shallow roots from heat damage. The roots must always be shaded from
Planting: It can be grown in a large container.
Prune: Trim it back 30% between fall and mid-winter to contain its size and remove dead vine
build-up which can be a fire hazard. Cut it nearly to the ground to start over. It can be trained to a shrub.
Propagation: Seed, cuttings or layering.
Pests: Honeysuckle Aphids, if they appear, can be controlled by insecticidal soap, hosing off, or
by cutting off and burning the rolled leaves where they hide in the winter.
Uses: Ornamental, wildlife garden, trellised screening.
Lonicera x americana was created centuries ago, in Europe, as a hybrid of Lonicera ertusca and Lonicera
caprifolium, which are European members of the Honeysuckle family (Caprifoliaceae). 'Pam's Pink' is a cultivar.
Members of the Lonicera genus are true honeysuckles. While some honeysuckles from North America and Asia
are partly edible, all European honeysuckles are slightly poisonous,
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