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Hall's Prolific Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica Halls Prolific) Hall's Prolific Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica Halls Prolific)

Hall's Prolific Japanese Honeysuckle

Lonicera japonica Halls Prolific

The details

Lonicera japonica

  • Bushy, semi/evergreen, mid-green leaves
  • Lovely small creamy yellow trumpet flowers
  • Flowering: Late March/April to August
  • Full hardy
  • Strong perfume
  • Height 4m x Spread 3m
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
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Description

Honeysuckle Hall's Prolific

Lonicera Hall's Prolific is a great, disease resistant honeysuckle that will race to cover a sizeable area: brilliant for quickly screening an ugly fence, or creating a wildlife-friendly vertical feature.

The flowers are classic honeysuckle clusters of long, tubular sweetly perfumed blooms that open white and mature to a rich golden yellow. It's wonderfully long flowering; the blooms open from April until August, and are loved by bees and other pollinators. In autumn, it produces purple-black berries which are not edible.

The leaves are semi-evergreen. In practice, this means they'll survive milder winters, but will drop in a harsh winter, regrowing in spring.

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Features

  • Height/Spread: 4m x 3m
  • Colour: white maturing to rich yellow
  • Shape: tubular flowers
  • Scent: sweetly perfumed
  • Flowering: April to August
  • Group: climber
  • Position: full sun to part shade
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

Growing Lonicera Halls Prolific

Hall's Prolific is seriously vigorous so give it space: ideally it needs a good-sized wall, sturdy fence, mature hedge or big, robust tree to clamber up and twine itself around. If you're growing it over a fence or wall, it will need trellis or wire support so that it can gain a foothold and twine with ease.

It prefers either sun or dappled shade, and appreciates good moist, well-drained soil, so dig in some garden compost or leaf mould when planting. You'll probably need to keep it in check by pruning hard in spring, then tidying up as needed throughout the summer.

In Your Garden Design

Think big with this honeysuckle when considering companion plants. Another honeysuckle, maybe the dark pink Dart's World, would look good or a clematis in a complementary colour, such as rich-pink Doctor Ruppel. Scent and colour wise it works beautifully with Hesperis matrionalis nearby to give a pure cottage garden feel, and it's an absolute classic winning combination with roses: try the equally bountiful climber Madame Gregoire Staechelin. Lupins would be superb too.

Did You Know?

This variety is attributed to a breeder named George R Hall. Lonicera japonica is native to Japan, Korea and China. It was introduced outside of Asia in the 19th century.

Planting and Care Instructions

How to grow Lonicera 'Halliana':

Lonicera japonica 'Halliana' is best planted where the roots have a shady run although it will be happy in any situation and with any soil pH.

  • It is quite loose and spreading in habit so choose a spot where it has room to expand.
  • Plant it in a hole larger than the rootball.
  • Backfill with good quality compost, having incorporated a handful of bonemeal.
  • Firm in well and water.
  • Prune by 1/3rd after flowering and remove any untidy growth.
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