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Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’
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Late Dutch Honeysuckle

Lonicera periclymenum Serotina

Lonicera

Honeysuckle

Grateful for fertile soil, our easy-to-grow Lonicera are hardy and long-lived. They possess smooth-edged opposite leaves and entertain an abundance of showy, whorled blooms.

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’ full sun

Samuel Pepys called it the trumpet flower and wrote, “The bugles blow scent instead of sound.” ‘Serotina’ bears multitudes of spidery-looking, fuchsia-colored buds, which open into pink, sweet-smelling bugles that later fade to a creamy salmon color. You can prune this vigorous semideciduous vine to make it more shrublike or let its bluish green foliage climb into the branches of a Cercidiphyllum.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 6'–8' high x 4' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Serotina’ (S-0350)
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