Honeysuckle '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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Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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 .


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.


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.


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 3...my 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.


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.