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Goldflame honeysuckle

Goldflame honeysuckle has clusters of pink and yellow flowers.

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.

Botanical name:

Lonicera x heckrottii

All common names:

Goldflame honeysuckle, Goldflame honeysuckle vine

Family (English):


Family (Botanic):


Tree or Plant Type:

  • Vine


  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)

Native Locale:

  • Non-native

Landscape Uses:

  • Massing,
  • Mixed border,
  • Screen,
  • Specimen

Size Range:

  • Large plant (more than 24 inches)

Light Exposure:

  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
  • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)

Hardiness Zones:

  • Zone 5 (Chicago),
  • Zone 6,
  • Zone 7,
  • Zone 8,
  • Zone 9

Soil Preference:

  • Moist, well-drained soil


  • Dry sites,
  • Clay soil

Seasons of Interest:

  • early summer,
  • midsummer,
  • late summer

Flower Color & Fragrance:

  • Fragrant,
  • Pink,
  • Yellow

Shape or Form:

  • Vining

Growth Rate:

  • Fast

More Information:

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.

Plant Care

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.

Leaf description

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.

Flower description

Spiky tubular whorls of fragrant pink flowers with a showy yellow center.

Fruit description

Red berries, but not known to have heavy fruit set.

Cultivars and their differences

Pink Lemonade® Honeysuckle (Lonicera x heckrottii 'Goldflame'):  This cultivar has more vibrant flower color and produces flowers in abundance.

Location of Lonicera x heckrottii (Goldflame honeysuckle) at the Arboretum

We do not seem to have this in our living collection.