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Climber Wall Shrub

Lonicera × tellmanniana
  • RHS AGM

Tellmann's honeysuckle

L. x tellmanniana is a twining deciduous climber to 5m tall, with dark green, oblong leaves white beneath, and terminal clusters of tubular orange flowers 5cm long, often red-tinted, in late spring and summer

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Orange Red Green
Summer Orange Red Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or North–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
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

Correct

How to grow

Cultivation

Vigorous honeysuckle, grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Tolerant of full sun but grows best in partial shade

Propagation

Take softwood, semi-ripe or leaf-bud cuttings from late spring to late summer. Propagate by layering

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

Pruning group 11 immediately after flowering each year if required

Pests

Aphids, particularly honeysuckle aphid and thrips may be a problem

Diseases

Fungal leaf spots and powdery mildews, especially in dry conditions, may cause leaf drop

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