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Native Shrub



Lonicera periclymenum



A climber rather than a shrub, honeysuckle is a common component of native deciduous woodlands.

The heads of pink and golden trumpet shaped flowers have a powerful sweet scent attractive to moths, which take the nectar. The flowers mature to bright red berries that are much enjoyed by birds such as coal tits.

Honeysuckle may be grown on a fence or over dead timber, or up the wall of a building with the help of wire supports. It may be cut back and trimmed hard in a hedge without ill effects.
Honeysuckle will grow from berries and also from cuttings. Best of all is to ‘layer’ a branch i.e. peg it down into the soil while still attached to the parent plant - it will sprout roots and may then be cut off and transplanted.

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