Deliciously scented, Lonicera periclymenum 'Belgica' (Early Dutch Honeysuckle) is a twining deciduous vine with masses of tubular, white flowers that turn deep yellow, and are streaked raspberry-red outside. Produced in succession from late spring to mid-summer, the fragrant flowers eventually give way (in hot summers) to small, bright red berries. Vigorous, this honeysuckle enjoys a foliage of dark green, oval leaves, bluish-green underneath. A hardy climber that will happily cover walls, fences or pergolas for a striking floral display. The glorious scent is strongest at night, so plant it near a house window where the heady perfume will drift in on warm evenings.
- Grows up to 20-25 ft. tall (6-7.5 m) and 3-4 ft. wide (90-120 cm)
- A part shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates full sun. Adapts to a wide range of soils, including clay soil, dry soil, but prefers moist, loamy soils.
- Excellent choice for covering walls, fences, trellises, pergolas or trees.
- Low maintenance, this plant is deer resistant and generally pest and disease free.
- Minimal pruning is required. Prune after flowering.
- Propagate by layering, hardwood cuttings or semi-hardwood cuttings