Lonicera periclymenum 'Belgica'

Lonicera periclymenum 'Belgica'

Description: A deciduous climber which is more bushy than the species native honeysuckle. 'Belgica' is an early flowering form with highly scented flowers which are reddish purple on the outside apricot inside as the flowers mature the plant appears to have cream, apricot-pink and rosy flowers all open at once. The flowers are produced in May and June with a later flush then followed by red berries in the autumn which are popular with feeding birds.

Ideal for covering a boundary wall or fence in a sunny site.

Climate/Position: Full sun or partial shade

Height/Spread: Up to 8 metres x 1.5 metre spread

Soil Requirements: Fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil

Pruning: If pruning is required then cut back established plants after flowering by removing a third of the flowering shoots. However, leave pruning until late winter to retain berries for winter interest and wildlife.

Special Requirements: Applying a mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant in early spring is beneficial.