How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Honeysuckle, California honeysuckle—Lonicera spp.
Family Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle family)

Plant Identification

Honeysuckles are evergreen, semievergreen, or deciduous shrubs and vines.  They are most often identified by the pair or clusters of fragrant flowers.  Flowers are tubular, resembling trumpets or tubes and attract hummingbirds.  They may be red, yellow, orange, creamy-white, pink, or purple.  Red or purple berries form following bloom.

Optimum conditions for growth

Honeysuckles are planted as hedges, background plants, or tall ground covers.  Vining species can be trained to a trellis.  Plants do well in areas with full sun or partial shade.  They require moderate to regular amounts of water and good drainage.  Thin after the bloom period.  Prune old plants down to the ground to rejuvenate. 

Flower of honeysuckle
Tubular flower of giant burmese honeysuckle

Pests and disorders of Lonicera spp.




Diseases (continued)

Environmental disorders



Foliage of honeysuckle
Foliage of giant burmese honeysuckle

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