Re: Honey suckle bush

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Posted by Newt on May 16, 2003 at 19:42:07:

In Reply to: Honey suckle bush posted by Paul Peterson on May 16, 2003 at 19:23:20:

: Would like to start my own bush growing,is it possible to get a branch of a healthy plant to re-root, in order to start a new bush,or do I have to get the entire bush and transplant it. We are covered around here in tn, but none own my own property.

Hi Paul,

The honeysuckle that you see growing wild is the invasive pest called Japanese honeysuckle or Hall's honeysuckle. Please don't propagate and plant any more of it. The birds love the berries and spread it to the wild. It covers everything and smothers out all other vegatation.

The best honeysuckles are the native Lonicera heckrottii - Gold flame honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens 'Blanche Sandman' and Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton'. Here's a picture of all three.

I grow 'Blanche' and 'John' and the hummers love them. They bloom on and off all summer. I'm in zone 7 in Maryland and mine have been blooming for 2 weeks now and are going strong. Blanche is my favorite for color.


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