Lonicera japonica Thunb.

Japanese Honeysuckle

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Lonicera

Category: Vine - Evergreen

Zones: 5 to

Size: To 30'

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Opposite, simple, yellow-green, hairy leaves. Tubular flowers, white, fragrant, in late spring. Glossy black berries - spread by birds. Considered invasive.

Lonicera with ever-green downy leaves upon footstalks, and a twining stem. (Bot. Repos.)

From Bot. Reg. About the middle of summer a profusion of bloom appears, of the richest fragrance; the odour not of the kind afforded by the european species, but rather approaching that of the Orange-flower, the Tuberose, and Cape Jasmine.


Native to China, Korea and Japan. Introduced to England in 1806.

Published in Syst. Veg., ed. 14 (J. A. Murray) 216 in 1784.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 70 in 1815 and Bot. Repos. 9: 583 in 1809-10 - It was introduced, we are informed, from China about the year 1805, and our drawing was taken in July 18O9...

From Bot. Reg. A native Honeysuckle of China and Japan, where, according to Kempfer, it is known by the name of "Gold and Silver Flowers"... Introduced in 1806 by the Court of Directors of the East India Company, in their ship the Hope, Capt. Pendergrass. Sent by Mr. William Kerr.

Other names listed in Bot. Reg.:

Lonicera periclymenum Lour. (Fl. Cochinch. 150 in 1790) - unresolved.


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