HONEYSUCKLE VINE CARE: HOW TO GROW A HONEYSUCKLE VINE IN THE GARDEN
Honeycrisp Honeysuckle (Asteraceae)
The name honeycrisp refers to its shape when it is young. When it grows older, it becomes like a jellyfish or a starfish. Its flower petals are white with yellow spots and they have small black dots at their tips. They are quite long and narrow. Honeycrisp honeysuckle is native to North America, but it has been introduced into many other countries including Japan.
It is not only popular because of its beauty; it is also used as a medicine for treating various diseases such as cough, colds, sore throat, bronchitis and others. It has been known to cure cancer too!
There are several varieties of honeycrisp honeysuckle vines. Some of them include:
1. Honeycrisp (Solanum melongena) – The most common variety and one that is commonly grown in the United States.
It is a deciduous tree which produces large flowers throughout the year. These flowers are usually white with yellow spots and they have tiny black dots at their tips. The leaves are alternate, elliptic and lanceolate, with five leaflets each. The flowers appear from May to September and they have a honey-like fragrance. The fruit is a berry with a fleshy color of green.
When mature, the berries will turn yellow, then red, and then dark purple.
2. Honetschlauch (Solanum melongena) – This variety is also known as the snake vine.
It has a vigorous growth and it is able to cover a large area. It grows well in both full sun and partial sun. The leaves have an alternate arrangement and they are simple in form with an elliptic shape and a serrated edge. The flowers are white or sometimes pale pink in color and they bloom from May to September. The berries of this honeysuckle vine are elongated, very glossy and bright red when ripe.
3. Hinnickapfel (Solanum melongena) – This is a vigorous-growing variety and it is very popular in Europe.
It is also known as the yellow-berried honeysuckle vine. The leaves are opposite and simple in shape. They have an oval shape with a pointed tip. The flowers are fragrant, tubular in shape and white in color with yellow spots inside. They bloom from May to September.
The berries are bright yellow when ripe.
4. Dunkelfeuher (Solanum melongena) – This is a vigorous growing variety which is popular in the United States.
It grows vigorously and can climb over anything, even chain-link fences! The flowers are white or sometimes pale pink in color and they have a sweet honey-like fragrance. They bloom from May to September and have 5 petals each. The berries are elongated, glossy and bright red when ripe.
5. Dunkelerbsen (Solanum melongena) – This is a popular variety in the United States.
It is also known as the dark bean honeysuckle vine. It is a vigorous growing plant with medium-sized flowers that bloom from May to September. They have a sweet honey-like fragrance and they are white with yellow spots. The berries are bright red when ripe.
These are only a few of the varieties of honeysuckle vines available.
Honeysuckle has many great uses and benefits. It can be used for food, medicine, art, decoration and much more.
The berries can be eaten raw or cooked into jellies, preserves and sauces. They can also be dried and turned into powder which is used as a sweetener in some cultures.
The wood of the tree is very hard and it can be used as a substitute for iron when making edged tools. It is especially valuable to people in survival situations.
The flowers can be steeped in water overnight to make a very nice tea. This tea has a strong sweetness to it, so it doesn’t need any sweetener. It can also help with an upset stomach.
The leaves are a great addition to salads. Their bitterness helps to counter the sweetness of the fruit. It also helps to fight infection and it helps to lower blood pressure.
The roots of the plant can be ground up into a powder and then soaked in water overnight to make a very effective medicine for treating wounds. This process also makes the root-powders acidic, so don’t use it if you’re dealing with open wounds!
The vines can be used as ropes to climb to retrieve things from trees or for any other task that requires a strong rope. Their flexibility makes them much easier to use than the roots of most other vines.
Honeysuckle can also be used as decoration. The vines can be woven into baskets, their flowers can be made into arrangements and their leaves can be used to make tea.
Honeysuckle can even be used as a natural incense for meditation and relaxation. The fragrance is very sweet and it can help to dispel negative energy.
The list of benefits and uses for this wonderful plant just goes on and on. If you want to learn more, you should do some further research or perhaps just go out and discover them for yourself!
Red berries or yellow?
The berries of most honeysuckle vines are red when they’re ripe, but there are a few exceptions. The berries of some species are yellow or gold in color and others are even white. They may also be striped or spotted with another color such as black.
Sources & references used in this article:
Effects of below-and aboveground competition from the vines Lonicera japonica and Parthenocissus quinquefolia on the growth of the tree host Liquidambar … by LR Dillenburg, DF Whigham, AH Teramura, IN Forseth – Oecologia, 1993 – Springer
Cadmium-induced changes in growth and antioxidative mechanisms of a medicine plant (Lonicera japonica Thunb.) by Z Liu, W Chen, X He – Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, 2011 – academicjournals.org
Japanese honeysuckle: from” one of the best” to ruthless pest by RA Hardt – Arnoldia, 1986 – JSTOR