Tellmann's Honeysuckle

Lonicera x tellmanniana

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lonicera (luh-NIS-er-a) (Info)
Species: x tellmanniana

Category:

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Orange

Red-Orange

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Palmetto, Georgia

Sparks, Nevada

Albany, New York

Gardeners' Notes:

4
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On May 12, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Tellman's honeysuckle is a hybrid between the Chinese L. tragophylla (Z6) and the hardy American L. sempervirens (Z4(3)). It has the large, two-lipped yellow flowers of the former but the increased winter hardiness of the latter.

It has no fragrance, and its blooms season is short like its Chinese parent. However, it's vigorous, and it blooms profusely. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its coveted Award of Garden Merit.

I wouldn't plant these closer than about 6 feet.

Dirr gives its hardiness range in eastern N. America as Z5-7.

Positive

On May 11, 2015, puppi from Marietta, GA wrote:

Saw this lonicera at a flower show and must have it! But, I can't find it anywhere! Any clues?

Positive

On Mar 24, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

I have this plant in partial shade, and don't have an aphid problem. I planted it as a "tube" plant, and it's been happily working on strangling a corner of the fence ever since.

Positive

On Mar 3, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This honeysuckle is hardier than noted in this description. It is listed in several books as hardy to zone 6. I have been growing it for 10 years in zone 5b with no problems. It is a real show stopper when in full bloom.

Neutral

On May 23, 2002, Baa wrote:

A twining climber which is a hybrid of Lonicera sempervirens 'Superba' and Lonicera tragophylla.

Has ovate, paired, deep green, smooth leaves. The leaf pair just below the flower are amalgamated together giving the appearance that the flower stem is protruding from the middle of the leaf. Bears coppery/orange, 2 lipped, unscented flowers.

Flowers May-July

Likes a well drained, fertile soil in full sun or partial shade. Needs a strong support to climb up.

Aphids love the plant but are less likely to attack if the plant is in parital shade.

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