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Lonicera caerulea
( Blue Honeysuckle )

Evergreen vine, semi-evergreen in cooler areas, that requires support in order to climb. Stems are often red to purple turning greenish brown with age. Leaves are ovate or oblong and opposite. Typical, honeysuckle-shaped flowers are not fragrant, but do attract hummingbirds and the occasional bee. Flower color are yellowish-white and occur late spring to early summer, producing bluish fruits. If this vine gets too large, cut it back as much as necessary - it's a fast grower and often recovers within a single season. Wonderful when trained over an entry, arbor, or to soften the top of a privacy fence. Not picky about soil, but does not do well in standing water. Give full sun for best flowering. Climbs by twining; will not hurt wood.

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Size:Height: 0 ft. to 20 ft.
Width: 0 ft. to 0 ft.  
Plant Category:climbers, ground covers,  
Plant Characteristics:low maintenance,  
Foliage Characteristics:evergreen, semi-evergreen,  
Foliage Color:green,  
Flower Characteristics:long lasting,  
Flower Color:whites, yellows,  
Tolerances:deer, drought, heat & humidity, pollution, seashore, slope, wind,  
Bloomtime Range:Mid Summer to Mid Fall  
USDA Hardiness Zone:4 to 9  
AHS Heat Zone:Not defined for this plant  
Light Range:Dappled to Full Sun  
pH Range:4.5 to 8.5  
Soil Range:undefined  
Water Range:Dry to Moist  

Plant Care

Conditions : Full to Partial Sun

Full sunlight is needed for many plants to assume their full potential. Many of these plants will do fine with a little less sunlight, although they may not flower as heavily or their foliage as vibrant. Areas on the southern and western sides of buildings usually are the sunniest. The only exception is when houses or buildings are so close together, shadows are cast from neighboring properties. Full sun usually means 6 or more hours of direct unobstructed sunlight on a sunny day. Partial sun receives less than 6 hours of sun, but more than 3 hours. Plants able to take full sun in some climates may only be able to tolerate part sun in other climates. Know the culture of the plant before you buy and plant it!

Glossary : Bird Attracting

The term bird attracting applies to any plant that has flowers, fruit, nuts, or structure that attracts birds. Most plants on ""bird attracting"" lists have favorable fruits or flowers that serve as food, but the trunks, limbs and foliage cover that trees and shrubs provide should not be overlooked as they add shelter for raising young and protection from foul weather.

Glossary : Butterfly Attracting

Many plants, perennials being the largest group, attract butterflies. When you add butterfly attracting plants to your garden, not only do you get to enjoy these winged wonders, but you provide habitats for their survival, as well. Yellows and reds seem to be favorite flower colors, while some plants offer food and shelter for laying eggs on. To complete your habitat, don't forget to add a shallow dish of water.

Glossary : Vine

Vine: a plant with a flexible stem that grows either along the ground or climbs by suckers, twining, or tendrils.

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