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LONICERA periclymenum 'Serotina'

Image of Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina'

James H. Schutte

Family

Caprifoliaceae

Botanical Name

LONICERA periclymenum 'Serotina'

Plant Common Name

European Honeysuckle, Serotina European Honeysuckle

General Description

Intensely colored flowers give a highbrow look to ‘Serotina,’ a selection of the fragrant European honeysuckle vine, as it climbs and rambles around the garden. Its parent is a deciduous native of Europe and North Africa, a range that suggests its adaptability to both temperate climates and hot, dry regions. The parent has become naturalized in the United States where it is known as woodbine and considered an invasive plant, but ‘Serotina’ is manageable in the garden. Along with its flowers, it has lush blue-green leaves lined along beige stems that twine upwards ready on arbors or nearby trees.

The flowers of ‘Serotina’ are exceptionally fragrant, tubular, red and magenta on the outside and ivory on the inside, as can be seen when the petals curve backward at their tip. This honeysuckle blooms from spring to early summer, followed by attractive red to orange berry-like fruits that persist after leaves fall, making a beautiful bright berry runner to bring indoors for decor. Birds relish the berries and help to spread seed which readily sprouts. These vigorous vines can tolerate a wide range of soils and light-levels. They can be invasive and require regular pruning to control their size and shape. Grow ‘Serotina’ as an attention getter on a fence, trellis or arbor for seasonal rewards from a plant that asks for little in return.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vine/Liana

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    10'-30' / 3.0m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Turkey, Northern Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Vining/Climbing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Magenta, Ivory

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fruit Color

    Orange Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Sandy Brown

  • Bark Color

    Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Vine

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Yes

  • Attracts

    Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No