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Growing Lonicera x americana:
'Pam's Pink' Honeysuckle

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Form: A twining vine.
Lifespan: Perennial.
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.
Origin: Europe.

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 the sun.
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.
Litter: Moderate.
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 variety. Another common name for the plant is American Woodbine.
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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Lonicera x americana: 'Pam's Pink' Honeysuckle

Latest update: August, 2021
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