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PlantFiles: Honeysuckle
Lonicera 'Mandarin'

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)
Cultivar: Mandarin

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By simple layering
By air layering
By tip layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rootberlin On May 25, 2014, rootberlin from Berlin
Germany wrote:

My honeysuckle Mandarin is in a 5-gallon flowerpot on a third storey, free-hanging balcony in Berlin, Germany. It has survived 3 Berlin winters this way (every spring I anxiously await the first growth!). I would compare Berlin winter to winter in Washington, DC or Richmond, VA. It tends to hover around freezing with occasional drops into deep subfreezing temperatures. I am nonetheless impressed that it survives in a pot on a cement slab with second-storey cold air beneath it.

Negative pookha On Jun 27, 2013, pookha from edmonton
Canada wrote:

Should be re-named Aphid, not special enough to warrant the maintenance . I returned it for a refund .

Negative spikemom On Apr 25, 2011, spikemom from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

Good vigor and outstanding color, but I will probably replace this plant. It is a magnet for aphids....most of the bloom is ruined every year.

Positive carrielamont On Apr 5, 2007, carrielamont from Milton, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

here in z. 6, this vine is vigorous to the point of nearly being invasive. It grows 20 ft. a year on the trellis we want it on, and another 20 ft underground to where we don't want it. Not fragrant.

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

'Mandarin' honeysuckle is a University of British Columbia introduction. Of the original cross, 100 seeds were sown, of which 98 looked identical to L. tragophylla...only 2 seedlings appeared to be actual hybrids between both parents! 'Mandarin' is actually hardy to zone 4..maybe even brother has a stunning specimen in Calgary, Alberta, where temps drop to -35 C. The original hybridizer of 'Mandarin' is now the director of the Memorial University Botanical Garden in Newfoundland.

Neutral Baa On Apr 3, 2004, Baa wrote:

This is a hybrid between Lonicera brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet' and L. tragophylla. It has European Plant Breeders Rights attached so it possibly has other patents too.


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

Peoria, Arizona
Benton, Arkansas
Citrus Heights, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Dallas, Georgia
Plainfield, Illinois
Milton, Massachusetts
Roslindale, Massachusetts
, Newfoundland and Labrador
Warren, Ohio
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Federal Way, Washington

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