Honeysuckle

Lonicera x brownii | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Jazz up your garden with a scarlet trumpet honeysuckle

Like most of this genus, lonicera x brownii is a deciduous vigorous climber that’s ideal for covering walls or trellises. A hybrid of lonicera sempervirens and lonicera hirsute, it is often referred to as brown’s honeysuckle, but is more commonly called the scarlet trumpet honeysuckle because of the clusters of drooping scarlet, trumpet-shaped blossoms it produces in summer. These highly fragrant clusters hang from single stems from two fused oval leaves. In late autumn, these blossoms make way for fiery orange berries. A lover of moist and well-drained soils, the scarlet trumpet honeysuckle is tender to frost so requires a sheltered location. Pruning to maintain shape is advised.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating its berries, or risk having mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 2 - 3
Spread [m]
  • 2
Dominant flower colour
  • Orange
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
Propagation methods
  • Greenwood cuttings
  • seed
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Climbing
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z3-8
Heat zone
  • H8-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -40 - -7
Heat days
  • 0 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Climbers
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Bonsai
  • For birds & bees
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years
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