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Goldflame Honeysuckle: It’s Fragrance On A Slow Moving Summer Breeze Is Amazing

Goldflame Honeysuckle

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Lonicera × heckrottii ‘Gold Flame’ or goldflame honeysuckle is a trailing vine or small shrub. The name is a reference to the yellow interiors of its tubular pink flowers. Goldflame honeysuckle is a vigorous variety with a more intense flower color. It is most frequently seen as a twining vine that grows to a height of 10 to 15 feet, but may be pruned as a rounded, a free-standing shrub growing to a height of 4 to 6 feet.

Lonicera × heckrottii ‘Gold Flame’ has extremely fragrant tubular, rose pink flowers (about 2 inches in length) with yellow interiors that bloom throughout much of the growing season in terminal whorls. The most profuse bloom typically occurs from the June to August time period, with sparser bloom continuing into fall on new growth. Flowers may be followed by inedible red berries in autumn.

Oval blue-green leaves (about 2 inches in length) and reddish stems provide additional ornamental interest.

How To Make Your Goldflame Honeysuckle Thrive

This vine is easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. The ideal condition is in organically rich soils with good drainage. Goldflame honeysuckle may be grown as a twining vine, or it can be pruned back to form a dense shrub. This plant does need good air circulation to minimize potential powdery mildew problems. If you are planting in Zone 5 you will want to choose a sheltered location. Although deciduous in warmer winter climates it will be semi-evergreen.

General Goldflame Honeysuckle Information

Pests and Diseases

This is a really robust plant; there are no serious insect or disease problems. If you are in a climate with hot humid summers you will want to watch for powdery mildew and leaf spot.

Propagation

Honeysuckle stem cuttings can be taken near the tip during the summer. The ideal stem cutting has two leaves near the tip and measures roughly 6 to 8 inches long.

Garden Uses

As a vine, this plant is perhaps best grown on trellises, or espaliers, especially on or near porches or patios where the fragrant bloom can be enjoyed. This plant may also may be grown on fences or sprawled over stone walls. As a small shrub, it can be quite effective in small locations around the home, or in shrub borders.

Quick Facts

  • Family: Caprifoliaceae
  • Common Name: Goldflame honeysuckle
  • Plant Type: Vine
  • Hardiness Zones: Zones 5 to 9
  • Height: 10 to 15 feet
  • Spread: 3 to 6 feet
  • Bloom Time: June to August
  • Bloom Description: Rose pink with yellow interior
  • Sun: Full sun to part shade
  • Water: Medium
  • Maintenance: Low
  • Attracts: Birds, hummingbirds, butterflies
  • Tolerates: Deer, black walnut trees

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10 Comments

  1. Call me a skeptic Charlie but I find it hard to believe you’re growing these beautiful flowers in Seattle at this time of year!! Beautiful blossom tho.

  2. Oh, the heady perfume of honeysuckle!

  3. I love this plant. I am determined to find a place for it this year!
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  4. I don’t have any honeysuckle like this, but do have some with yellow blossoms along one side of my backyard fence. It smells so good but makes me sneeze and gives me watery eyes. I so love the aroma that comes from it though.
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  5. Yes their perfume is wonderful

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