Lonicera subspicata var. denudata

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Lonicera subspicata var. denudata
Lonicera subspicata var. denudata
Lonicera subspicata var. denudata

Species Name: Lonicera subspicata var. denudata
Common Name: Chaparral Honeysuckle

A drought-tolerant vine-like shrub with edible fruit. Will climb with support. Handsome arching stems. Good to cover low fence on the east or north side of a house. Has edible red berries.

Plant Family: Caprifoliaceae
Plant Type: Vine
Height by Width: 3'-8' H x 5-8' W
Growth Habit: Climbing
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun to shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 25 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: Pale yellow
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Northern High Sierra Nevada, Tehachapi Mountain area, Central and Southwestern California
Natural Habitat: Chaparral slopes below 5100'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Usually a sprawling shrub but sometimes growing into an erect compact bush. Foliage rather small, leathery, deep glossy green. Small yellowish or cream-colored flowers sometimes tinged with pink. An ideal plant for covering banks in sun or shade. Gallon cans, 50c."
Other Names
  • Lonicera subspicata var. johnstonii
  • Payne's 1941 catalog uses the common names Wild Honeysuckle or Moronel.