Woodbine is a type of honeysuckle that vines. This species is very fragrant and has flowers that show a mix of yellow, white, and pink.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Shade tree,
- Large plant (more than 24 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8
- Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest:
- Mid summer,
- Late summer,
- Early fall
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size and Method of Climbing
Woodbine is a relatively short vine, growing only 10 to 12 feet long. It is a twining vine. Twining vines climb by twisting their stems or leaf stalks around a support. This type of vine grows well on trellises, arbors, wires or chain-link fences.
Full sun to part shade. Best in moist, well-drained soils.
Disease, pests, and problems
No serious problems, but aphids can occur.
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Resistant to black walnut toxicity.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Europe and Asia.
Simple, opposite leaves, dark green in summer. Leaf margins are entire. Little color change in fall.,
Tubular flowers in clusters. Flowers are yellowish white with a tinge of pink or purple. Very fragrant.
Red berries in late summer and fall.
Cultivars and their differences
Scentsation woodbine (Lonicera periclymenum 'Scentsation'): Bright yellow flowers produced in quantity; very fragrant.
Serotina woodbine (Lonicera periclymenum 'Serotina'): Flowers are yellow on the inside and purplish on the outside.