Orange honeysuckle

Lonicera ciliosa | Also known as: Western trumpet honeysuckle | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A deciduous twining climber, lonicera ciliosa is certain to turn an ordinary garden trellis into a hugely attractive feature. It is not just because this large shrub boasts attractive, elliptical dark green leaves, but also because it produces dense clusters of bright orange, trumpet-shaped flowers, often freckled red. The impressive appearance of these blossoms is enhanced by the last pair of leaves on each stem being fused to form an oblong disc. In autumn, the blossoms are replaced by clusters of tiny, edible, orange-red berries. Known as the orange honeysuckle, it thrives in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade, making it ideal for woodland areas. Light pruning is recommended after flowering.

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Known dangers?
  • yes
Dangers: comments
  • Avoid eating its berries, or risk having mild stomach upset.
Height [m]
  • 5 - 6
Spread [m]
  • 6
Dominant flower colour
  • Orange
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Late spring
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • Greenwood cuttings
  • seed
  • Hardwood cuttings
Growth habit
  • Climbing
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z6-9
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -23 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Climbers
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Bonsai
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
Garden spaces
  • Walls, trellises and pergolas
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years