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Goldflame honeysuckle

This twining vine twists and spirals around a supporting plant, trellis or arbor.  In summer, Goldflame honeysuckle has clusters of fragrant tubular flowers in vibrant pink and yellow that bloom amid the vines.  Unlike some species of honeysuckle, it is not invasive.

Botanical name: 
Lonicera x heckrottii
All Common Names: 
Goldflame honeysuckle, Goldflame honeysuckle vine
Family (English): 
Honeysuckle
Family (Botanic): 
Caprifoliaceae
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Vine
Foliage: 
  • Deciduous (foliage falls off)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
  • Zone 9
Growth Rate: 
  • Fast
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial sun (4-6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Partial shade (4-6 hrs indirect light daily)
Tolerances: 
  • Dry sites
  • Clay soil
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Fragrant
  • Pink
  • Yellow
Size Range: 
  • Large plant (more than 24 inches)
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Shade
  • Mixed border
  • Screen
Time of Year: 
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
More Information: 

Size and Form

 10 to 15 feet high twining vine

Tree & Plant Care

Twining vines climb by twisting their stems around a support, such as a trellis, arbor, wires, or chainlink fence.
Flowers on old stems, prune after flowering 

Disease, pests, and problems

Leaf spots, mildew, and aphids

Attracts birds & butterflies

Flowers are a favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies.

Bark color and texture 

Thin, reddish stems

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Opposite, deciduous simple leaves, 1 to 2 1/5 inches long.
Dark green leaf color with lighter underneath. New leaves are fused at the base.
Yellow fall color.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Spiky tubular whorles of fragrant pink flowers with a showy yellow center.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Red berries, but not known to have heavy fruit set.