Brown's honyesuckle

Brown's honeysuckle, cultivar Dropmore Scarlet, in flower.

Brown's honeysuckle is a hybrid that produces tubular red flowers for most of the growing season. 

This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.

Botanical name:

Lonicera x brownii

All Common Names:

Brown's honeysuckle, scarlet trumpet honeysuckle

Family (English):

Honeysuckle

Family (Botanic):

Caprifoliaceae

Tree or Plant Type:

  • Vine

Native Locale:

  • Non-native

Landscape Uses:

  • Massing,
  • Screen,
  • Shade tree,
  • Specimen

Size Range:

  • Large plant (more than 24 inches)

Light Exposure:

  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)

Hardiness Zones:

  • Zone 4,
  • Zone 5 (Chicago),
  • Zone 6,
  • Zone 7

Soil Preference:

  • Acid soil,
  • Moist, well-drained soil

Season of Interest:

  • Early summer,
  • Mid summer,
  • Late summer

Flower Color & Fragrance:

  • Other,
  • Red

Shape or Form:

  • Vining

Growth Rate:

  • Fast

More Information:

Size and Method of Climbing

Brown's honeysuckle grows 8 to 12 feet long and is a twining vine.   Twining vines climb by twisting their stems or leaf stalks around a support.  This type of vine grows well on trellises, arbors, wires or chain-link fences.

Plant Care

Full sun to partial shade is best.  Moist, well-drained soils.
Prune in late winter or early spring.

Disease, pests, and problems

Aphids can be a problem.

Disease, pest, and problem resistance

Tolerant of black walnut toxicity.

Native geographic location and habitat

Of hybrid origin

Leaf description

Simple, opposite leaves, dark green in summer.  Leaf margins are entire.  Little color change in fall.

Flower description

Tubular flowers in clusters.  Flowers are red to orange-red.  Flowers lightly fragrant to not fragrant at all.

Fruit description

Red berries in late summer and fall.

Cultivars and their differences

Dropmore Scarlet Brown's honeysuckle (Lonicera x brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet'): Red to orange red flowers, blooming from June through October.

Mandarin Brown's honeysuckle (Lonicera x brownii 'Mandarin'):  Flowers orange-red on outside and yellow-orange on the inside.  New leaves emerge copper-colored.  No fruit produced.

Location of Lonicera x brownii (Brown's honyesuckle) at the Arboretum

We do not seem to have this in our living collection.