Lonicera japonica Hall's Prolific

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Buy Lonicera japonica Hall's Prolific Japanese honeysuckle: Very free flowering and vigorous

This climber is semi-evergreen, so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new foliage appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, humus-rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: April to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    As its name suggests, this is an especially vigorous and free-flowering variety with masses of sweetly scented, tubular flowers from April to August, opening pure white and ageing to yellow. In milder winters, the handsome, dark green leaves can stay on the plant all year and in hot summers, the flowers may be followed by small purple-black berries. It looks lovely scrambling over an old boundary wall or growing through a robust, mature tree.

  • Garden care: Newly planted honeysuckles should be cut back by up to two thirds in their first year in early spring. The resulting new growth can then be tied onto a frame, and nipped back when it reaches the desired height. In subsequent years (again in early spring), thin out congested stems, and prune lanky stems back to healthy buds. Every few years, you may want to renovate your plant, and you can do this by cutting it back to around 60cm above the ground. The subsequent mass of growth will need to be thinned and tied on as before. After pruning, apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant.

  • Humans/Pets: Fruit are ornamental - not to be eaten

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Notes on Lonicera japonica Hall's Prolific

"Fragrant white flowers from spring onwards and also later flowers too - opening white before turning honeysuckle yellow"

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Fantastic jasmine


This Jasmine is very highly scented and will fill the garden with a lovely fragrance. Easy to grow and spreads well through a fence or hedge.

J the gardener



Doing well in a difficult spot


Lovely healthy plant as always and a good size 91 metre high). It is planted in a difficult position with limited sun and heavy clay to cover the rear fence and has been a bit abused by the fence people, but it is trying hard. Good growth but it needs carefully trimming in such a difficult spot. Once established it will be a super edition and covering an unsightly fence.

Cambs gardener



An excellent plant for a difficult spot


We needed to clothe a north-facing old stone wall that has been repaired

sapphire in diamonds



Not so hardy after all!?


I purchased Lonicera Japonica 'Hall's Prolific' as all reviews about it said it was extremely hardy. Ok, so I live right on the Eastern Atlantic (west of Ireland coast) and have a really hard time trying to find anything that can survive weather conditions here - how I long for a lovely garden - this plant is having it hard. Chosen most sheltered spot I have, tended and staked it carefully, watered, protected it, even coaxed it to grow by talking to it - well, it hasn't quite completely vanished yet but it is half the size it was when I bought it and it's future doesn't look good! Yet another one that will disappear before next year comes around. Seems I'm stuck with the various tough Olearia, hebe, wild rose, fuchsia and New Zealand flax forever! 😩. But, I just never give up hoping for something lovely like honeysuckle or Leycestria Formosa to survive the Atlantic winds!

Wild Atlantic

Mayo, Ireland


Very vigorous honeysuckle - well worth buying


Really love this honeysuckle. Very fragrant and is spreading rapidly across our trellis




Great quality plant


Plants from Crocus are always good quality. They arrive in good condition and I never have any worries about shopping online with them.

Keen gardener



Lives up to its name


Despite being pruned regularly it completely covers the wall where it's planted and has been flowering for months, still flowering now in December.





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Hi I purchased one of these last year for a sunny back fence. The label stated "Do not prune", so I have not so far done so, but it is currently showing a lot of foliage at the top while having few stems and looking bare at the base. Would it be advisable to cut it well back after flowering - would this encourage growth at the base, or would it damage the plant?


Sadly we do not have the facilities to set up our own printing factory on the nursery, as plant labels are printed by printers rather than plants-people. Therefore, while they are useful for identifying the plants, the information on them can often be incorrect. Fortunately however, we try to have as much information as possible about how to get the most from your plants on our website - and we recommend the following.... Newly planted honeysuckles should be cut back by up to two thirds in their first year in early spring. The resulting new growth can then be tied onto a frame, and then nipped back when they reach the desired height. In subsequent years (again in early spring), thin out congested stems, and prune lanky stems back to healthy buds. Every few years, you may want to renovate your plant, and you can do this by cutting it back to around 60cm above the ground. The subsequent mass of growth will need to be thinned and tied on as before. After pruning, apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted compost or manure around the base of the plant.


I bought this plant last September to climb up my rose tree. It's been very healthy and climbing well until I noticed mildew on the leaves and some stems completely dying down. I have sprayed it but just wondering is this quite common ? Is there anything else I can do ? Kind regards Kathryn


Hello, Loniceras are prone to powdery mildew, so it is quite common. This is made worse however if the plant does not get good air circulation around the crown, or if the roots get too dry, so if possible, I would try to tackle these issues before resorting to the chemicals.


I would like to know if there is a climber such as a honeysuckle that can grow as high as 2-5 meters, but from a pot? This will also be northward facing and the pot can be as big as a 200 litre pot. I need cover a lot of wall (as fast as possible), and some colour would be a bonus. Thank you.


Hello, It is possible to grow virtually anything in a pot - provided the pot is large enough, and we do have lots of climbers that might be suitable - please click on the following link to go straight to them all. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.274/numitems.100/ I would say however when growing anything in a pot, feeding and watering is absolutely crucial.


Hi Crocus I was wondering on a few honeysuckles that would good for climbing up and over my front porch. Lots of sunshine but I have read that this affects the amount of flowers it produces as I want as many as possible. Do honeysuckles generally flower prolifically or do they only produce one or two over the season. Is there anything I can do to maximise flowering as well and whats the best varieties for flowering and scent ? Thanks in advance.


Hello, Honeysuckles usually produce an abundance of flowers, particularly if they are growing in a sunny spot. As for scent, the yellowish white flowered forms have the best scent.


Hi, i have a patio with a sheltered north facing bare wall. i have already put up a trellis and was wondering if lonicera japonica would grow well here? it would have to be in a container too as there is no natural soil near the wall thanks!

Natures Helper

Hello there This honeysuckle will tolerate a north facing aspect but it is a vigorous climber so not ideal to be grown in a pot. There is a more compact honeysuckle, Lonicera periclymenum 'Rhubarb and Custard' which can be grown in a container but it is not recommended for a north facing aspect. I have added a link below to some climbers that are suitable for north facing aspect and pots. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.northfacing-climbers/sort.0/vid.274/ Hope this helps

I am looking for a climber to plant in a container on a west facing garage wall,plenty of sun. Preferably evergreen as the pebbledash is very ugly. I do not want to grow ivy Thanks


Hello, If you click on the following link it will take you to a shortlist of suitable plants, however you will need a really large pot and make sure the plants are kept well fed and watered if they are to survive. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.4/vid.274/


Hi, I would like to cover an ugly wall with an evergreen climber that flowers - its part of my house but not that big an area. Would pruning back this Lonicera japonica 'Halls Prolific' to keep the size in check, damage it in any way? Also, the wall sits on the patio, so I would have to plant in a container. I do have one to hand but its not that big, maybe 40cm wide x 35cm tall. Would the plant be ok in this small plant pot? I have some evergreen honeysuckles in similar and they are doing really well.... Your advice would be greatly appreciated. Thankyou.


Hello there This is a lovely honeysuckle, but it is not always evergreen.- it can hold it's leaves in a mild winter but really it is classed as semi-evergreen. It is vigorous, but you can prune it to keep it under control and restrict it's size,-growing in a pot will limit it's growth, however I would plant it in a larger container if possible as that does sound rather small. Hope this helps

Advice on climbers please Hi, I need to find climbing plants for the length of a 2m high wood panel fence with concrete posts. I haven't measured the entire length but I would estimate around 15m. It is South facing and on a side of the garden that gets a lot of sun in the summer, the soil is clay and tends to dry out. I have no idea how many plants I would need to cover the entire fence (I am notoriously bad at judging the spread of a plant and always end up with an overcrowding problem). I am looking for something to deter anyone from climbing over the fence, yet ideally something that won't be treacherous to deal with myself (if such a plant exists!). Climbing roses are the first to spring to mind and if I were to go down that route I would definitely opt for white or cream flowers. I have had a look at the white climbing roses on your site but am unsure whether they will be happy in our soil, as you specify 'moist, well-drained' humus rich soil. I would also like to get an evergreen climber for the rear fence (+/- 5m long). I am not concerned whether this flowers or not, and I am less concerned about this being a 'thief-deterrent'. The soil is the same,- lots of clay, which plants seem to like, but it is very hard to work with and dries out easily in the summer. Any advice gratefully accepted! Best regards, Heather


Hello Heather, Unfortunately there are no plants that will deter intruders without being difficult to deal with, and the best plants are those with thorns like the roses. It sounds like roses will certainly grow in your soil, but ideally you should dig in lots of composted organic matter and then make sure they are kept well watered in summer. It can be difficult to see a small plant and imagine how big it will grow to eventually, however we do give all this information on each plant card, which hopefully should help. You will find it just to the right of the pictures at the top of the pages. If you click on the following rose, you will see it has an eventual height and spread of 10 x 6 m http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/rambling-roses/climbers/rosa-filipes-kiftsgate/classid.1280/ while this one will only grow to 3 x 2m http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/roses/climber-rose/climbers/climbing-roses/rosa-climbing-iceberg/classid.1181/ I would pick the one you like the look of and then you will be able to establish how many you need to fill your fence. As for the evergreens, if you click on the following link it will take you to our full range of evergreen or semi-evergreen climbers that will grow in clay soils, but the same rules apply re preparing the soil and watering. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.9/vid.228/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Plant for an east facing wall Hi, Could you help me with the choice of plant for an east facing wall (it will get early morning sun). The wall is 8 foot high and 20 foot long. I liked the idea of a climbing Hydrangea but this appears to grow to 15 metres. Is there a similar evergreen plant that you could recommend? Many thanks Sue

Sue Mather

Hi Helen Many thanks I think we will go for the Hydrangea Regards Sue

Crocus Helpdesk

Hello Sue, The Hydrangea is really quite slow growing and you can easily cut it back if it does get too big, so if you really like it, I would be tempted to go for it. Alternatively you could opt for one of the Loniceras or a Hedera, both of which can be trimmed back if they get over-large. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

Sue Mather

Climber for South facing wall Dear Sir/ Madam, I wanted to order a couple of climbers for a south facing wall. I already have a Virginia Creeper growing but the wall is concrete and looks terrible in the in winter. Have you got any recommendations for an evergreen climber that would grow well on a south facing wall, and also grow with a Virginia Creeper? Kind regards, Roland


Hello Roland, The best will be the Hederas, which are self-clinging like the Parthenocissus - just click on the link below to go straight to them. http://www.crocus.co.uk/search/_/search.hedera/ If however you can put up a network of wires or trellis, then you can choose from any of the following. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/climbers/plcid.15/vid.228/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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