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TREES & plants

Woodbine

Flowers of woodbine, cultivar 'Serotina'.

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.

Botanical name: 
Lonicera periclymenum
All Common Names: 
Woodbine, woodbine honeysuckle
Family (English): 
Honeysuckle
Family (Botanic): 
Caprifoliaceae
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Vine
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Landscape Uses: 
  • Container, 
  • Massing, 
  • Patio/sidewalk, 
  • Screen, 
  • Shade tree, 
  • Specimen
Size Range: 
  • Large plant (more than 24 inches)
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), 
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 5 (Chicago), 
  • Zone 6, 
  • Zone 7, 
  • Zone 8
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest: 
  • Mid summer, 
  • Late summer, 
  • Early fall
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Fragrant, 
  • Pink, 
  • Purple, 
  • White, 
  • Yellow
Shape or Form: 
  • Vining
Growth Rate: 
  • Fast
More Information: 

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.

Plant Care

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.

Leaf description

Simple, opposite leaves, dark green in summer.  Leaf margins are entire.  Little color change in fall.,

Flower description

Tubular flowers in clusters.  Flowers are yellowish white with a tinge of pink or purple.  Very fragrant.

Fruit description

Red berries in late summer and fall.

Cultivars and their differences

Berries Jubilee® woodbine (Lonicera periclymenum 'Monul'):  Yellow flowers and red fruit.

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.

Lonicera periclymenum or Woodbine