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Climber Wall Shrub

Lonicera × heckrottii 'Gold Flame' hort.
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honeysuckle 'Gold Flame'

A deciduous, or semi-evergreen climber to about 5m with richly-fragrant flowers. These are tubular, arranged in terminal whorls, deep pink outside and orange-yellow within, appearing in late summer. Red berries may follow in autumn. It is more vigorous, with brighter-coloured flowers, than the species

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Green
Autumn Green Red
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Caprifoliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Climbing
Potentially harmful
Fruit are ornamental - not to be eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Lonicera can be deciduous and evergreen shrubs, or climbers with twining stems. The tubular or two-lipped flowers, often very fragrant, are followed by red or black berries

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Will tolerate full sun but is less prone to aphids in semi-shade

Propagation

Propagate by layering or take hardwood cuttings in autumn

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 11

Pests

May be susceptible to honeysuckle aphids, Thrips and glasshouse whitefly

Diseases

May be susceptible to powdery mildews, fungal leaf spot, silver leaf and honey fungus (rarely)

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