This twining vine twists and spirals around a supporting plant, trellis, or arbor. In summer, goldflame honeysuckle has clusters of fragrant tubular flowers in vibrant pink and yellow that bloom amid the vines. Unlike some species of honeysuckle, it is not invasive.
This plant has some cultivated varieties. Go to list of cultivars.
All common names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Mixed border,
- Large plant (more than 24 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8,
- Zone 9
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Dry sites,
- Clay soil
Seasons of Interest:
- early summer,
- late summer
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size and Method of Climbing
10 to 15 feet high twining vine. Twining vines climb by twisting their stems or leaf stalks around a support. This type of vine grows well on trellises, arbors, wires or chain-link fences.
Full sun to part shade. Best in moist, well-drained soils, but can tolerate some drought.
Flowers on old stems, prune after flowering
Disease, pests, and problems
Leaf spots, mildew, and aphids.
Disease, pests and problem resistance
Tolerant of black walnut toxicity.
Opposite, deciduous simple leaves, 1 to 2 1/5 inches long.
Dark green leaf color with lighter underneath. New leaves are fused at the base.
Yellow fall color.
Spiky tubular whorls of fragrant pink flowers with a showy yellow center.
Red berries, but not known to have heavy fruit set.