Happiest when it can intertwine with the branches of a nearby shrub in partial shade, Santa Barbara Honeysuckle is one of our best local vines. Given enough sun, its creamy flower clusters give way to orange-red berries beloved by many birds.
At the LANPS garden, we have it growing against a wire-mesh fence in an oak understory, where it acts like a true vining shrub. It can get a little spare at the base and drops most of its leaves in the summer, however, so it may not be the best choice for a truly effective privacy screen. Santa Barbara Honeysuckle is one of those chaparral plants that seems equally at home in both full sun and part shade (as long as it gets some afternoon shade from its supporting shrub).
This is a great plant to add to your garden once your Toyon, Sugar Bush or similar-sized shrubs have matured a bit. Our 4″ pots are the perfect size for popping into the ground within the dripline of these larger shrubs.