Culture: Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in organically rich soils with good drainage. May be grown as a twining vine or pruned back to form a dense shrub. Needs good air circulation to minimize potential powdery mildew problems. Plant in a sheltered location in USDA Zone 5 where this plant may not be reliably winter hardy. Although deciduous, it is semi-evergreen in warmer winter climates.
Characteristics: Goldflame honeysuckle (possibly L. americana x L. sempervirens) is a twining vine or small shrub that features extremely fragrant rose pink flowers (to 1.5″ long) with yellow interiors that bloom in terminal whorls throughout much of the growing season. The most profuse bloom occurs from June to August, with sparser bloom continuing into fall on new growth. Flowers may be followed by inedible red berries in autumn. As a vine, it typically grows to 10-15′. It can also be pruned as a small rounded free-standing shrub to 4-6′. Oval blue-green leaves (to 2″ long) and reddish stems provide additional ornamental interest. This plant is commonly called goldflame honeysuckle, but that common name has become overly confusing since the introduction of the cultivar L. x heckrottii ‘Gold Flame’. Zones 5 to 9.
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