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Lonicera x heckrottii

Phonetic Spelling
loh-NIS-er-ah hek-ROT-ee-eye
This plant is an invasive species in North Carolina
Description

Goldflame Honeysuckle is a spreading, twining, deciduous shrub with branch apices scandent, climbing up to 13 feet by nutation but can be pruned to a 6-foot shrub if desired.  It is a cross between an American native and a European variety.

Blooming happens in spring to early summer and are very fragrant. It produces attractive leaves, but fruits are rarely seen. It does best in fertile, moist, well-drained soils and full sun, but is adaptable to various soils and can tolerate some drought once established. It is intolerant of alkaline soils It needs to be planted where there is good air circulation to help prevent downy mildew. It is utilized on arbors, fences, and light and mailbox poles. Flower display is poorer in shaded areas. This plant has no serious pest or disease problems.

It is listed as invasive in Illinois. 

Quick ID Hints:

  • Vine with fused leaf-like bracts subtending inflorescence
  • Flowers are abundant, elongate tubular, narrow trumpet
  • Flowers red to pink outside, and have yellow lobes within
  • Leaves are opposite and oblong
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Goldflame'
    Deep reddish-purple flowers
Tags:
#sun#showy flowers#deciduous#partial shade#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#shrub#semi-evergreen#red berries#pink flowers#yellow flowers#salt tolerant#climbing#moist soil#well-drained soil#spreading#climbing vines#deer resistant#vine#arbors#long bloom time#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Goldflame'
    Deep reddish-purple flowers
Tags:
#sun#showy flowers#deciduous#partial shade#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#shrub#semi-evergreen#red berries#pink flowers#yellow flowers#salt tolerant#climbing#moist soil#well-drained soil#spreading#climbing vines#deer resistant#vine#arbors#long bloom time#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lonicera
    Family:
    Caprifoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Wildlife Value:
    Moderately deer tolerant
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 13 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Vine
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are red berries that grow up to 1/4-inch in size.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    The 1.5-inch, weakly fragrant, tubular flowers are pinkish-purple on the outside and yellow on the inside and bloom in terminal whorls from spring to fall. They are carmine in bud, and become pink as the flowers open. Flowers are 5-lobed, small, obtuse, and yellow. Inflorescence is terminal spikes to subpanicles and abundantly flowered. Flowers are borne in whorls and bracts are large, leaf-like, and fused together to form a disk at the base of the peduncle.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Semi-evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    They are opposite, simple, oblong or elliptic, bluntly acute, glabrous, lustrous dark blue-green above and glacous below. Juvenile leaves are purplish with reddish tinge. Leaves are 1- 2.5 inches long by .75-1.75 inches wide and grow on reddish stems.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Thin red stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Patio
    Rock Wall
    Vertical Spaces
    Walkways
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Deer
    Salt
    Problems:
    Invasive Species