Lonicera, Grape Honeysuckle, Yellow Honeysuckle 'Kintzley's Ghost'

Lonicera reticulata

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: reticulata (reh-tick-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Kintzley's Ghost


Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

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



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Denver, Colorado

Lisle, Illinois

Indianapolis, Indiana

Russell, Kentucky

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 9, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This woody twiner is grown primarily for its attractive blue/silver foliage and terminal bracts. The handsome waxy/silvery bloom develops on the bracts and uppermost leaves (like the waxy bloom on the fruits of a blueberry or a blue plum) that lasts much longer than the yellow flowers. The flower display isn't impressive, and lasts only 2-3 weeks in late spring/early summer.

It will grow in partial shade, but needs full sun for flowering.

Like all honeysuckles I know, it can suffer from aphids. Dormant oil in the winter will kill the eggs, and insecticidal soap or dish liquid will kill adults when it's in leaf.

This species is native to midwestern N. America, and the flowers are often fragrant. It's the only fragrant honeysuckle I know that's na... read more


On May 20, 2015, Imoongypsy from Vancouver, WA wrote:

In earlyApril I purchased a kintzley ghost grape honeysuckle from Shorty's nursery in Vancouver Washington. Today I noticed the plant is covered in tiny, sticky, grey insects(?), or(?). What is it?


On Jun 6, 2011, denvergreen from Denver, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:

I left this plant in it's grower's pot for a year or two before finally planting it two years ago. After such abuse this is the first year it has bloomed for me and it was well worth the wait. Individual flowers are not very impressive but the flower clusters, as delicate and shiny as threads of glass, are set off by circular silver bracts and really make an impression. I have read that the bracts remain, like "a galaxy of moons," throughout the season.

Unlike most honeysuckles this plant is compact, making it ideal for growing in containers, on obelisks, or on a large trellis. Requires twining for upright growth. Actually it would look great sprawling down a hillside. I'm very impressed with this vine.


On Apr 28, 2011, Buttoneer from Carlisle, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

It has taken 3 years for this plant to get started in Pa zone 6 & get buds on it. When the flowers are open, I'll take pictures of the flowers & post them here. Has anybody ever propagated this plant before and if so, how do you do it?