Lonicera x heckrottii

Goldflame Honeysuckle




  • cross between L. sempervirens and L. americana
  • hardy to zone 5, and warmer parts of 4

Habit and Form

  • deciduous climbing vine
  • twining
  • size is variable (depending on structure)
  • medium texture
  • fast growth rate

Summer Foliage

  • deciduous simple leaves
  • opposite leaf arrangement
  • oblong leaf shape
  • 1" to 2.5" long
  • 0.66' to 1.66" wide
  • glabrous
  • dark green leaf color
  • new leaves are fused at base

Autumn Foliage

  • leaves turn yellowish and fall off
  • not ornamentally important


  • flower buds are pink and open to show a yellow center
  • fragrant
  • flowers are held in spikes
  • cover plant
  • showy


  • red fruit
  • plant does not fruit readily
  • not ornamentally important


  • reddish stems
  • glabrous
  • thin


  • easy to grow
  • full sun to partial shade
  • tolerant of difficult growing sites
  • adaptable to most soils

Landscape Use

  • specimen
  • trellis
  • arbor
  • for flowering effect


  • powdery mildew
  • can be rampant

ID Features

  • twining deciduous vine
  • new leaves fused at base
  • opposite leaf arrangement
  • pink flower buds opening to show a yellow corolla
  • flowers are fragrant
  • red fruit


  • by cuttings


'Gold Flame' (perhaps the same as 'Mardis Gras', 'Pink Lemonade' and 'Summer King') - This selection of the hybrid features deeper red-purple flowers than the species.

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Citation and Acknowledgements: University of Connecticut Plant Database, http://hort.uconn.edu/plants, Mark H. Brand, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Storrs, CT 06269-4067 USA.