Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' is an evergreen honeysuckle with small trumpets of deliciously scented cream and yellow flowers followed by black berries in the autumn. It will grow in sun or partial shade but the scent is at its best in full sun, particularly in the evening.
It is easy to grow and will rapidly reach 8m, prefers to have its roots moist but is happy in most soils as long as it has good drainage. It only needs pruning to keep it within bounds and to remove old, dead and dying growth. It provides nectar for bees, butterflies and ladybirds and berries in autumn for hungry birds.
Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' is very good for any number of situations, scrambling over low walls, over arches and pergolas or into trees. It associates very well with other honeysuckles and climbing roses or can be planted with a clematis scrambling together over a fence or tree stump. It is essentially a woodland and cottage garden plant suiting informal planting schemes.
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Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' may be susceptible to mildew and aphids but it rarely causes a severe problem. Because of the plants attraction for insects and bees it is inadvisable to use chemical sprays.
Lonicera japonica is native to Japan and Korea and in China where it is an important plant for use in Chinese medicine. The plant was named in honour of a famous German botanist called Adam Lonicer (1528-1586). Periclymenum translates as 'twist around' referring to the twining habit of the stems.