Lonicera Species, 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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:



Gold (yellow-orange)

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Palmetto, Georgia

Sparks, Nevada

Albany, New York

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 16, 2018, PMHNC from Sapphire, NC wrote:

I fell in love with this plant in Europe, where it is widely available. But I have never found a commercial source in the US. Can anyone recommend a US source? Or could someone who has this plant provide cuttings that I could propagate? Once I got it going, I would be willing to provide rooted plants to other L x tellmanniana enthusiasts


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.