Lonicera x tellmanniana


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Plant type

Deciduous climber

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by Geoff Kidd, copyright GAP Photos (40074)

Plant details

This is an unusual honeysuckle with large cartwheel-shaped flower-heads of amber-orange flowers, flowering from late spring to mid-summer. The plants are vigorous twiners that climb rapidly up trellis or over arches and pergolas, where they associate well with climbing roses or other varieties of honeysuckle. They are also superb trained up into trees or covering old tree stumps. Plant so the roots are in shade but the stems and flowers can grow out into sun. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Lonicera

Species: tellmanniana

Plant type: Deciduous climber

Flower colour: Orange

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 500cm

Spread: 180cm

Time to take cuttings: April to July

Flowering period: May to July

Reader reviews


Growing on a pergola, very vigorous and needs curbing to stop it growing into nearby tree. Foliage and flower colours compliment each other, seems to be disease free. This year aphids have covered the flower buds but without noticably damaging the blossom. Only downside is no scent.

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