- Lonicera periclymenum ‘Rhubarb and Custard’ (Honeysuckle ‘Rhubarb and Custard’)
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Lonicera periclymenum ‘Rhubarb and Custard’
Honeysuckle ‘Rhubarb and Custard’, English wild honeysuckle ‘Rhubarb and Custard’ , Lonicera periclymenum ‘Rhubarb & Custard’ , Lonicera ‘Rhubarb and Custard’
Variety or Cultivar
‘Rhubarb and Custard’ _ ‘Rhubarb and Custard’ is a compact, climbing, deciduous shrub with dark stems bearing oval to elliptic, dark green leaves and whorled clusters of strongly fragrant, tubular, two-lipped, reddish-purple flowers from early summer to early autumn. Flowers are followed by glossy, spherical, bright red fruit.
Flowers are strongly fragrant.
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Reddish-purple in Summer; Reddish-purple in Autumn
Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn
How to care
Watch out for
Aphids , Thrips
Pruning group 11 after flowering.
Hardwood cuttings, Layering, Semi-hardwood cuttings
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Where to grow
Lonicera periclymenum ‘Rhubarb and Custard’ (Honeysuckle ‘Rhubarb and Custard’) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 1.5m after 5-10 years.
Cottage/Informal, Containers, Coastal, City, Beds and borders
Grows best in partial shade in any moist but well-drained soil. Tolerates full sun. Deciduous in areas with colder winters.
Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)
Moist but well-drained
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Partial Shade, Full Sun
North, South, East, West
UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.
Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5
Defra’s Risk register #1
Lonicera periclymenum ‘Rhubarb and Custard’ (Honeysuckle ‘Rhubarb and Custard’)
Common pest name
European cherry fruit fly
Scientific pest name
Current status in UK
Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low – 5 is very high)
Impact (1 is very low – 5 is very high)
General biosecurity comments
Fruit fly pest of cherry and honeysuckle; widely distributed in Europe and also present in North America and Asia. No evidence of establishment in the UK to date despite repeated interceptions; but honeysuckle and cherry growers may wish to be aware and monitor for its presence.
About this section
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Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/