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Lonicera x italica 'Harlequin' (Honeysuckle)

Honeysuckle 'Harlequin', Lonicera x italica 'Sherlite', Lonicera periclymenum 'Harlequin'


Quite colorful, Lonicera x italica 'Harlequin' (Honeysuckle) is a deciduous vine noted for its variegated foliage of blue-green oval leaves boldly variegated with creamy white margins. Colorful all season, the leaves display wonderful fall color. In late spring to early summer, it boasts abundant clusters of extremely fragrant, tubular cream and pink flowers. This first flush is followed by sporadic blooms throughout the summer into fall. This showy honeysuckle is not invasive and is tolerant of heat, humidity and dry soil conditions. It is a wonderful addition to summer gardens, especially when trained up a trellis or fence. 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 10-12 ft. tall (300-360 cm) and 3-6 ft. wide (90-180 cm)
  • A full sun or part shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, moist, well-drained soils. Best flower production occurs in full sun.
  • Excellent choice for covering walls, fences, trellises, pergolas. May be pruned to form a small spreading shrub or used as a ground cover.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is deer resistant and generally pest and disease free. Watch for aphids, thrips and powdery mildew
  • Prune as needed immediately after flowering.
  • Propagate by layering, hardwood cuttings or semi-hardwood cuttings

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Climbers, Shrubs
Plant Family Lonicera - Honeysuckles
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10' – 12' (3m – 3.6m)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Ground Covers, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 6 – 9
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Climbers, Shrubs
Plant Family Lonicera - Honeysuckles
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 10' – 12' (3m – 3.6m)
Spread 3' – 6' (90cm – 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Ground Covers, Wall-Side Borders, Walls and Fences
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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