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Southern Honeysuckle
Lonicera subspicata
  
About Southern Honeysuckle (Lonicera subspicata) 9 Nurseries Carry This Plant Southern Honeysuckle is a species in the Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle) family that is endemic to California, where it is known from several areas in mountain and coastal habitat, particularly chaparral. It is a vining shrub which usually climbs on other plants for support. It may exceed two meters in length. It is lined with oval leaves up to 4 centimeters long. The flower cluster is a long, fuzzy spike of light yellow flowers each about a centimeter long. The flower has an upper and lower lip with hairy stamens and style protruding. The fruit is a round red or yellow berry just under a centimeter wide. There are two recognized varieties, var. subspicata and var. denudata. There are subtle differences between the two varieties, and they have overlapping ranges (see separate listings). Var. denudata is the more widespread variety; var. subspicata is rare and included on CNPS list 1B.2.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Shrub

Size
Size
8 ft tall
20 ft wide

Form
Form
Spreading

Dormancy
Dormancy
Evergreen

Fragrance
Fragrance
Fragrant - Pleasant

Flower Color
Flower Color
Cream, Yellow

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Wildlife Supported
 
Many insects are attracted to the flowers, including butterflies. Birds are attracted to the berries.

Landscaping Information
Sun
Sun
Part Shade, Full Sun

Moisture
Moisture
Low

Summer Irrigation
Summer Irrigation
Max 2x / month once established

Nurseries
Nurseries

Ease of Care
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Cold Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Tolerates cold to 5° F

Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage
Medium, Slow

Soil Description
Soil Description
Tolerant of a variety of soils including clay and decomposed granite.. Soil PH: 6.0 - 7.5

Common uses
Common uses
Bank Stabilization, Hedges, Groundcovers, Deer Resistant, Hummingbird Gardens, Bird Gardens

Maintenance
Maintenance
Do not prune new, young growth because that is where the flowers and fruit are borne. Remove older growth to shape and to stimulate growth of new stems.

Propagation
Propagation?
Seed or cuttings

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Coastal plains, foothills and the west slope of the mountains from the Bay Area southward, typically in the partial shade of oaks or chaparral species

Climate
Climate
Annual Precipitation: 8.3" - 45.8", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 2.95", Coldest Month: 37.8" - 56.5", Hottest Month: 60.3" - 81.1", Humidity: 0.71" - 29.91", Elevation: -18" - 8079"


Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora


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