Japanese Honeysuckle - Lonicera japonica


A climbing shrub to 4 metres, hairy. Leaves oval with hairy margins. Flowers white at first becoming yellowish, occasionally tinged with pink, 30 to 40 mm long, two lipped, two hairy flowers per axil with leaf-like bracts, sweetly scented. Berries red at first but black when ripe.

Identification difficulty

Scrambling over hedgerows and old walls.

When to see it

Flowering July to September.

Life History

Semi-evergreen perennial.

UK Status

A garden escape that is now locally naturalised in the southern half of Britain.

VC55 Status

A recent arrival and still infrequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was first recorded in Leicestershire in 2008 and was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Species profile

Common names
Japanese Honeysuckle
Species group:
Trees, Shrubs & Climbers
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
11/07/2016 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
24/05/2022 (Mabbett, Craig)

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