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Lonicera periclymenum 'Belgica'

Honeysuckle

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Scented flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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

chrissywitch

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.


delmonte

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?


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