Lonicera etrusca Santi

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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Lonicera etrusca' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/lonicera/lonicera-etrusca/). Accessed 2024-07-21.


The inner whorl of the perianth. Composed of free or united petals often showy.
Situated in an axil.
Organism arising via vegetative or asexual reproduction.
Fused together with a similar part. (Cf. adnate.)
Lacking hairs smooth. glabrescent Becoming hairless.
Bearing glands.
Grey-blue often from superficial layer of wax (bloom).


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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles

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'Lonicera etrusca' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/lonicera/lonicera-etrusca/). Accessed 2024-07-21.

A very vigorous half evergreen or deciduous climber, young shoots (in the cultivated form) reddish purple. Leaves oval or obovate, rounded at both ends or broadly tapered at the base, 112 to 312 in. long, 1 to 2 in. wide, glaucous and usually somewhat downy beneath. The lower ones are shortly stalked; approaching the top they become stalkless; whilst the uppermost pairs are united at the base (connate). Flowers fragrant, at first yellowish, suffused with red, becoming deeper yellow with age; born from July onwards in terminal and axillary groups of three long-stalked heads. Corolla 134 in. long, the tube slender, sometimes glabrous, sometimes glandular, conspicuously two-lipped.

Native of the Mediterranean region; introduced probably two hundred years ago, but not often seen. At its best perhaps it is the most gorgeous of all honey­suckles, but I have not seen it at its best out-of-doors, although no doubt it may reach perfection in the south-western counties. Farther north it is hardy, but not wholly satisfactory out-of-doors; in an unheated greenhouse it is wonderfully beautiful in late summer, the long shoots branching and forming immense bouquets. The species varies very much in the amount of down on the leaves, but the form now cultivated is downy on both sides of the leaf (var. pubescens Dipp.).

From the Supplement (Vol. V)

While it may be true, as stated in the current and earlier editions, that L. etrusca would flourish outdoors in the south-west, it is not such a failure elsewhere as was implied. In common with many other shrubs from the Mediterranean type of climate, it appreciates the relatively greater summer heat and dryness of eastern England and might flower as well or better there than in a softer climate. David Wright (op. cit.) remarks that the best specimen known to him grows on a high south-facing wall in the Fellows’ Garden at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. L. etrusca also flowers well at Nymans in Sussex; the plant there has been propagated and the clone named ‘Michael Rosse’.

† cv. ‘Donald Waterer’. – The original plant of this clone was found by Donald Waterer near Castelnau in the Pyrenees. It flowers well with Graham Thomas in his garden near Woking in Surrey, and propagations have been distributed.


Very vigorous; panicles larger. Bot. Mag., t. 7977. There are fine specimens of this variety at Bodnant, and at Mount Stewart in N. Ireland. It received an Award of Merit when shown from the Savill Gardens, Windsor Great Park, in 1953.

var. viscidula Boiss

Leaves very glandular above, less so beneath; young shoots also glandular. Native of Asia Minor; rather tender.