Hall's Honeysuckle Vines-Lonicera japonica
What is springtime without the sweet smell of honeysuckle? The lovely white and gold flowers that bloom from the honeysuckle vine are loved by wildlife, especially the pollinators like honey bees and hummingbirds. Hall's or Japanese Honeysuckle is a hardy vine that may grow more than 30 feet vertically up tree trunks or for miles horizontally along the ground or even a fence line. Its oval shaped green leaves are a beautiful contrast to its flowers and make for gorgeous borders and even natural privacy fences. Hall's Honeysuckle vines may be purchased as cuttings or seed packets.
Honeysuckle flowers bloom in most areas from April until July. When they die, they fall off and provide nourishment back into the soil beneath the vines. Beneath the flowers are tiny black seed pods that drop off the plant in winter. If they are left alone, they will often germinate new plants, though the pods may be collected and dried in order to start new plants for the next season. Japanese honeysuckle is a long lasting plant that will root almost anywhere its branches come into contact with soil. For this reason, it is easily moved and transplanted.
Hall's Honeysuckle is a hardy plant that needs very little maintenance. It is a quick growing vine that does well in the US in growing zones 4 through 9. Interestingly, this introduced species is considered invasive in many areas and is even illegal in New Hampshire. Honeysuckle loves full sunlight and is healthiest when the soil is kept reasonably moist. From seeds it takes about 30 days for the plants to grow, though many gardeners prefer to start with cuttings, especially if they are crafting a border or training the vines to grow on a chain link fence.