Lonicera japonica

  • Attributes: Genus: Lonicera Species: japonica Family: Caprifoliaceae Life Cycle: Woody Country Or Region Of Origin: Asia Climbing Method: Twining Edibility: Nectar can be sucked from flowers without harm.
  • Whole Plant Traits: Plant Type: Edible Poisonous Vine Weed Leaf Characteristics: Deciduous Habit/Form: Climbing Spreading Growth Rate: Rapid Maintenance: High Texture: Fine
  • Cultural Conditions: Light: Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day) Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours) Usda Plant Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit: Fruit Color: Black Display/Harvest Time: Fall Summer Fruit Type: Berry Fruit Length: < 1 inch Fruit Width: < 1 inch Fruit Description: Fruits are rounded, small, glossy black berries that are less than an inch in size.
  • Flowers: Flower Color: Gold/Yellow White Flower Value To Gardener: Edible Fragrant Flower Bloom Time: Summer Flower Shape: Irregular Tubular Flower Size: 1-3 inches Flower Description: White, fragrant flowers that fade to a creamy yellow and bloom for most of the summer. They are fragrant, 1-1.5″ in size, and are borne in peduncled pairs in axils.
  • Leaves: Leaf Characteristics: Deciduous Leaf Color: Green Leaf Feel: Glossy Leaf Type: Simple Leaf Arrangement: Opposite Leaf Shape: Oblong Ovate Leaf Margin: Entire Lobed Hairs Present: No Leaf Length: 1-3 inches Leaf Width: 1-3 inches Leaf Description: Leaves are opposite, simple ovate to oblong-ovate, and entire. They have lobed margins and are finely pubescent on both sides in the juvenile stage.
  • Stem: Stem Color: Brown/Copper Stem Is Aromatic: No Stem Description: Stems are twining and reddish-brown to brown in color. New growth is finely pubescent.
  • Landscape: Landscape Location: Naturalized Area Woodland Attracts: Butterflies Songbirds Problems: Invasive Species Poisonous to Humans Weedy
  • Poisonous to Humans: Poison Severity: Medium Poison Symptoms: Vomiting, diarrhea, pupil dilation, cold sweat, rapid heartbeat, respiratory failure, convulsions, and coma. TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN. Poison Toxic Principle: Vine with saponic and cyanogenic glycosides; fruits with carotenoids. Causes Contact Dermatitis: No Poison Part: Fruits

Hall’s Japanese Honeysuckle flowers

Hall’s Japanese Honeysuckle flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Hall’s Japanese Honeysuckle

Hall’s Japanese Honeysuckle

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height: 25 feet

Spread: 24 inches


Hardiness Zone: 4b


A ubiquitous and rather vigorous vine which is highly cherished for its extremely fragrant white flowers which turn yellow with time; quite aggressive, can get a little weedy in the wrong place, but ideal for a fragrant cover for a fence or wall

Ornamental Features

Hall’s Japanese Honeysuckle is covered in stunning clusters of fragrant white trumpet-shaped flowers with yellow overtones at the ends of the branches from late spring to late summer. It has dark green foliage. The pointy leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. It produces black berries from late summer to late fall.

Landscape Attributes

Hall’s Japanese Honeysuckle is an open multi-stemmed evergreen woody vine with a twining and trailing habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance woody vine that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Invasive

Hall’s Japanese Honeysuckle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Hall’s Japanese Honeysuckle will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. As a climbing vine, it tends to be leggy near the base and should be underplanted with low-growing facer plants. It should be planted near a fence, trellis or other landscape structure where it can be trained to grow upwards on it, or allowed to trail off a retaining wall or slope. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 25 years.

This woody vine should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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