Japanese Honeysuckle, Hall's Honeysuckle
Scientific Name: Lonicera japonica Thunb. ex Murray
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Hall's Honeysuckle (Lonicera Japonica 'Halliana'
Recommended Temperature Zone:|
Frost Tolerance: Hardy in Phoenix
Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade
Growth Habits: Evergreen vine to 15 feet
Watering Needs: Moderate water
Propagation: Stem cuttings, layering
Hall's honeysuckle is the most common of the Japanese honeysuckles in the Phoenix area. This honeysuckle can be used as an effective ground cover, but it may become invasive.
Left alone, it will become bushier and bushier, with the inside of the bush containing dried stems becoming a fire hazard. Trim severely in the fall to prevent the buildup.
The fragrant flowers start white and become yellow at maturity to attract bees (see picture). In Phoenix weather, the flowers are not extremely fragrant, but when as they come in large quantities, their scent can be very noticeable.
Layering is very simple, just grab a bunch of new vines, and stuff them in a pot, so that on one side of the pot you have the part of the vine still attached to the mother plant and on the other side of the pot, you have the other extremity of the vine. Fill up the pot with dirt. Water occasionally for a couple of months, and your honeysuckes should be ready to be cut away from the mother plant.
Seeds need stratification for 3 months at 40°F (4°C). If they don't germinate, dig them out, and stratify them again.