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Lonicera periclymenum 'Belgica'


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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour



Scented flowers, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Marcus Harpur, copyright GAP Photos (49392)

Plant details

The early Dutch honeysuckle has large cartwheel-shaped flower-heads made up of rings of curved, almost tubular individual flowers. These deepen in colour slightly as the flowers age, so the plants appear to have cream, apricot-pink and rosy flowers all open at once. The plants are vigorous twiners that climb rapidly up trellis or over arches, where they associate well with climbing roses or other varieties of honeysuckle, which provides a good way to extend the flowering season. They are also superb trained up into trees or covering old tree stumps. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Lonicera

Species: periclymenum

Cultivar: Belgica

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Scented flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 600cm

Spread: 180cm

Time to take cuttings: April to June

Reader reviews


I have had a problem with my Honeysuckle. Last year it went stringy. It flowered then all the leaves fell off. This year it started to fill out. Then all the leave fell off no flowers.
I have cut it back to where it is twisted round the arch. I think I may have lost it. Which will be a shame as it covered the arch.
Going to the garden Centre I noticed all the honeysuckles did not look too good.
Can any one tell me is it some thing that has just happened this year.... Happy Gardening all.


Ive had a problem with my honeysuckle this year with powdery mildew.Even though the roots are shaded and its been well watered its become a problem and the leaves have fallen off.What i did notice is that 7 or 8 stems up either side of the trellis intertwined with each other.Could this have caused powdery mildew due to lack of air circulation.Next year i propose to train my honeysuckle better and spray it with a systemic fungicide in late spring.Will this work?

Steve P

My honeysuckle 'Lonicera Belgica' grows well and looks very healthy but I have had no flowers on it at all for 2 years. Any ideas anyone.

Nikki 9

I've planted my lonicera in April this year (2013) and it was well developed. In June, first spell of heat, I was not here to water the plant for 3 weeks. Since my return, I water and care for it but no results. I thought perhaps snails but nothing. Now it is nearly bear of its leaves and no sign of life. The remaining leaves started having powdery mildew. Should I cut back?


I too have had some problems with this one. I'm a new gardner and bought mine in early May from Homebase. I popped it into the corner of my patio which gets the most sunshine and gave it a trellis to climb up. At first it seemed really happy, growing very tall and lots of new shoots and good leaves, then in about a week I found it developed a powdery mildew. I recently joined this forum & a lovely member called DovefromAbove gave me this advice which was very helpful -

"The problem is that honeysuckle, being woodland plants, like to have their roots in cool damp soil and their heads in the sunshine. In Homebase (and in many garden centres) the honeysuckles are in fairly small pots in the sunshine and their roots dry out - we buy them and bring them home, and it's only then that the ill effects of the time spent in Homebase etc begin to show themselves ... possibly it may have dried out a bit at your place too ... it happens so easily ... my new one succumbed last year and looked very sad for a while. The drought weakens the plant and it is then attacked by the fungus that causes the mildew.

Just make sure it's in a large deep pot out of the sun (I find that a mixture of John Innes loam-based compost with some ordinary multi-purpose compost added at a ratio of 2:1 suits a container grown honeysuckle quite well. Pick up the fallen leaves and put them in the bin and as long as the roots are kept moist (not sopping wet) it should make a full recovery."

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