Harlequin Honeysuckle

Lonicera x italica 'Sherlite'

Attractive variegated foliage with creamy white margins which brighten to a vibrant pink in the fall. Pink buds open to sweetly scented, pastel pink and cream flowers. Provide support for this twining vine that loves to crawl along a fence or trellis. Hummingbirds love the tubular blooms. Deciduous.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Water regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.


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Botanical Pronunciationluh-NIS-er-a ee-TAL-ih-kuh
Average Size at MaturityQuickly climbs 8 to 14 ft. tall, spreading 5 to 6 ft. wide, with support.
Bloom TimeSummer into Fall
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Long Bloom Season, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPink
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Cottage, Rustic, Tropical
Growth HabitCompact
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseContainer, Espalier, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Year-round Interest, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly to maintain evenly moist soil - weekly, or more often.
Companion PlantsOak-Leaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Coneflower (Echinacea); Bee Balm (Monarda); Milkweed (Asclepias); Aster (Aster)

Easily grown in average, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly in first growing season to establish an extensive root system; once established, water regularly to maintain evenly moist but not soggy soil. Apply fertilizer in spring. Provide trellis or arbor support.. Prune only as needed to maintain size.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-9

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