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.
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Shade tree,
- Large plant (more than 24 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Acid soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Occasional drought,
- Alkaline soil,
- Clay soil
Season of Interest:
- Early summer,
- Mid summer,
- Late summer
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
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.
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
Simple, opposite leaves, dark green in summer. Leaf margins are entire. Little color change in fall.
Tubular flowers in clusters. Flowers are red to orange-red. Flowers lightly fragrant to not fragrant at all.
Red berries in late summer and fall.
Cultivars and their differences
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.