Lonicera japonica
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Lonicera japonica

Japanese honeysuckle

  family caprifoliaceae 
  genus lonicera 

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Genus  Lonicera Species  japonica Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Japanese honeysuckle Family  CAPRIFOLIACEAE Specimen number  S11850 Data source  HtZn p137;MedPl p228;Frgnt p140
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Vine Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  4' - 20' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water  Dry to moist Optimal soil texture  Average Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  AHS heat zones  Heat zones 09-03 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Lonicera japonica has mild sweet flowers. Despite its invasive tendency, this plant is still worthwhile to have. Japanese honeysuckle needs summer days with high heat. This plant grows well in average soils. Full sun to partial shade is needed for this species to do its best. It does well in dry to moist soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities  Invasive
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  diuretic   gout remedy   stone inhibitor   liver tonic   astringent   tuberculosis inhibitor   hypotensive Medicinal parts  Flowers   Leaves   Bark Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Poisonous berries. Medicinal notes  Lonicera japonica has too many possible beneficial herbal uses to fully enumerate. A few of its uses include: as a diuretic, as a gout remedy, as a stone inhibitor and as a liver tonic. See the medicinal properties section for the full list. The flowers together with the leaves and the bark are considered to be the valuable parts by the herbalist. Poisonous berries.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  strong honey scented flowers. fragrant Fragrance parts  Flowers Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Faintly sweet Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Lonicera japonica is thought to originate from China and Japan.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Lonicera japonica is a perennial. Flowers: Japanese honeysuckle has slender curved tubular flowers that pop open to reveal white interiors. Flowers appear in June and July. The flowers are most often a white color, with an accent in purple.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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