Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
LONICERA periclymenum 'Serotina'
European Honeysuckle, Serotina European Honeysuckle
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.
12 - 1
4 - 11
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
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
10'-30' / 3.0m - 9.1m
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer
Europe, Turkey, Northern Africa
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall
Blue Green, Dark Green
Blue Green, Sandy Brown
Birds, Hummingbirds, Butterflies
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