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PlantFiles: 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

Vines and Climbers

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive nevadagdn 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 Todd_Boland 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 Baa 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.


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

Palmetto, Georgia
Sparks, Nevada
Albany, New York

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