Lonicera, Gold Flame Honeysuckle

Lonicera x heckrottii

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 heckrottii
Additional cultivar information:(aka Goldflame, Gold Flame)
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Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Grown for foliage


This plant is resistant to deer

Foliage Color:




15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


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)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Magenta (pink-purple)

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From leaf cuttings

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Huntsville, Alabama

Benton, Arkansas

American Canyon, California

Citrus Heights, California

Ramona, California

San Diego, California

San Leandro, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Littleton, Colorado

Keystone Heights, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Fruitland, Idaho

Crystal Lake, Illinois

Elk Grove Village, Illinois

South Bend, Indiana

Chariton, Iowa

Derby, Kansas

Princeton, Kansas

Madisonville, Kentucky

Tompkinsville, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baltimore, Maryland

Edgewater, Maryland

Dracut, Massachusetts

Lakeville, Massachusetts

Norton, Massachusetts

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Grant, Michigan

Ludington, Michigan

Traverse City, Michigan

Brandon, Mississippi

Florissant, Missouri

Gerald, Missouri

Liberty, Missouri

Omaha, Nebraska

Papillion, Nebraska

Bridgewater, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Middle Village, New York

North Tonawanda, New York

Oneonta, New York

Rochester, New York

Windsor, New York

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Mars Hill, North Carolina

Wakeman, Ohio

Shawnee, Oklahoma

Hillsboro, Oregon

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Clarksville, Tennessee

Alice, Texas

Austin, Texas(2 reports)

Midland, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Orem, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

South Jordan, Utah

Arlington, Virginia

Chesapeake, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Stafford, Virginia

Kennewick, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Stanwood, Washington

Tacoma, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Parkersburg, West Virginia

Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 9, 2019, Fizgig777 from NYC, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

In the mid-Atlantic states, near the ocean, where summers are hot and very humid, this honeysuckle, like most others, is a powder mildew infestation primed to happen.... Not worth having in the garden for the 1-2mos. it's free of mildew --- and if Spring is wetter than usual, there is no mildew free period. Even where it gets 10+ hrs. of unfiltered, direct sunlight, powder mildew infestation is common in more humid summer climes.

If you have roses in your garden or any other plant prone powder mildew, stay away from this honeysuckle.


On Jul 4, 2018, 1stGreenGirl from Grand Rapids, MI wrote:

Had my Golden Flame Honeysuckle in a partially shaded area for about 6 hours a day. It grew about a couple inches that year. Transplanted it into a full sun spot for about 6 hrs a day, and can barely keep up with the growth! Had to buy an arbor-like trellis of which it has fully covered half of it and it's BUSHY. LOADS AND LOADS of FRAGRANT flowers. I get a kick out of the hummingbirds as they go from the feeder to the honeysuckle, and back again to get their fill. They DEFINITELY attract hummingbirds, and butterfliesl!. I've not treated it with anything - no fertilizer or pesticide, nothing. MAYBE water it during continuous dry spells, but all in all, I would call it a hands-free plant. LOVE it, AND the FRAGRANCE. Wish they made a perfume of it! Oh, our location is West Michig... read more


On Nov 2, 2017, JennysGarden_TN from Collierville, TN wrote:

I let my Gold Flame Honeysuckle climb up my fig tree.


On Mar 30, 2014, jv123 from Chehalis, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This honeysuckle has stayed evergreen throughout it's entire first winter in zone 8b. The temperatures dipped down into the low teens and only caused minor damage. It does get aphids in the flowers, so if you want it to flower you'll have to deal with them. Towards the end of the fall and beginning of winter it starts looking a little bit ratty, but just trim it back to the woody growth and it'll come back just fine. It has a very nice blue-green hue to the leaves, and new growth on the vine is reddish to burgundy. It looks very nice on a dark background that brings out the blue in the leaves.


On Feb 11, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

'Goldflame' honeysuckle is an attractive non-fragrant twining honeysuckle that looks and performs a lot like the fragrant European woodbine, L. periclymenum, also called Dutch honeysuckle. But why not choose the fragrant honeysuckle?

Neither is invasive in N. America. Both rebloom repeatedly from early summer till frost.

The Royal Horticultural Society has awarded this cultivar its coveted Award of Garden Merit.

Several similar looking species seem to be frequently confused in commerce, including L. x heckrottii, L. periclymenum, L. x americana, and L. caprifolium.

Bayer Systemic Rose and Flower Care will take care of any aphid problem, but at the same time it will poison any butterfly, honeybee, or hummingbird attracted to the fl... read more


On Apr 28, 2013, patsdogs from Shawnee, OK wrote:

I have grown Goldflame for years, both in the mountains on northern CA and the heat and humidity of OK. It's my favorite honeysuckle. I love it for the compact, easy care habit and the incredible bloom period, being one of the first to start in spring and continuing right up to Thanksgiving.
I noticed that other people have had an aphid problem with it, and so did I at first. It was really extreme, with aphids totally coating the blossoms and all but destroying the plant. Seriously nasty! However, a treatment of Bayer Systemic Rose and Flower Care solved it quickly and easily. I scratch it in around the base in the spring, as soon as the flower buds begin to form, and water it in. Sometimes it will need a 2nd treatment in a few months, because of the extremely long blooming ... read more


On Apr 1, 2013, trubl77 from Hollister, ID wrote:

I planted it 7 years ago and have never had a problem with mildew or aphids. It is partially shaded and does well in the hot, dry air. Birds love it and it does have a pleasant, mild aroma.


On Apr 19, 2012, cntryrocks from Princeton, KS wrote:

Love this plant. I did have problems with powdery mildew during our hot, humid summers, but sprinkling the base with Bayer Rose & Flower care took care of the problem. I have 2 of these growing up a trellis on the back of my garage. They get morning sun and afternoon shade and bloom beautifully. I have another in full sun all day long on a fence in the front lawn and it does just as well.


On Jun 27, 2011, penpen from North Tonawanda, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I have had good and bad years with Gold Flame so I selected neutral. This has been its best year since I got it two or 3 yrs. ago...no aphids and no powdery mildew. It is blooming like crazy and the scent in early morning and later in the P.M. is just heavenly. Mine is in sun until about 2pm. I water enough to keep the roots moist but not wet. I have organic matter worked in to the soil and topped with mulch. I have been feeding it with half strength fertilizer this spring. It seems from what I have read that it needs more TLC than the Coral Honeysuckle which was hit very hard by aphids this year. In good years, It puts out an absolutely beautiful floral display. BTW, this spring before the blooms started to develop, I did spray it with a homemade spray from boiled grapefruit ri... read more


On Jun 18, 2011, tehfrr from Kennewick, WA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Very nice vine, had really high hopes for it. Unfortunately in a period of about a month and a half they went from lush and green to completely overtaken by mildew and scrappy looking. Many leaves started getting purplish spots, eventually turning fully purple then yellow. If I were to prune every problem leaf there would only be a few leaves left. Later this week they will be dug up and replaced.

Im in a very dry place, it had tons of breeze, dripline watering system down by the roots, 50/50 full sun/shade, alkaline soil adjusted down to slightly acidic. I hate to see them go but Im out of ideas. I would not buy this plant again.


On May 22, 2011, jgpac00000 from Granby, QC (Zone 4a) wrote:

It didn't make in through our Quebec winter (-20 to -30 degrees at times, with high winds). Zone 4a.


On Apr 30, 2011, jess2132000 from Harleysville, PA wrote:

Nothing but good to say about this plant. Have had it 4 years now and have it with a Dreamweaver pink climbing rose and love it!!


On Jul 27, 2010, nina5659 from Pittsboro, IN wrote:

I've had my honeysuckle "gold flame" for 2 years now and have had a lot of problems with aphids and powdery mildew. I have yet to find anything that actually helps this plant! I finally tried horticulture oil that a staff member at one of our local nurseries suggested and it worked better than anything else I have tried. I absolutely love the flowers on this vine, but I'm tempted to give up. Any suggestions would be welcomed!


On Jan 11, 2010, mwperry from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

Pros: I bought two Honeysuckle 'Gold Flame' vines from Parks about 2 years ago. They are healthy; the flowers are beautiful. I've not experienced mold others complain of.

Cons: This honeysuckle was advertised as extremely fragrant. That is why I made the purchase. To the contrary, there has not been a trace of fragrance from them.



On Nov 28, 2009, bonehead from Cedarhome, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a very striking honeysuckle, but I too have problems with powdery mildew and aphids. I also don't find the fragrance nearly as pervasive as Halls.


On Jul 27, 2009, LACopeland from Chesapeake, VA wrote:

I am glad to hear that I am not the only one with a powdery mildew problem. It is not quite as bad as it was last year so I decided to keep the plant. Last year it was completely disfigured.


On Jun 12, 2008, robcorreia from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

I'm not sure why the hardiness zone is not including up to 10b. This is my zone and it grows beautifully over here!
Yes, it is prone to aphid infestations, but it subsides by summer (I found out by experience but this has been confirmed in one of my hort. books too).
It is a gorgeous vine and well worth the effort! I have it growing in a pot in full sun. Full sun is a must for this plant.


On May 19, 2007, kevanrijn from Parkersburg, WV (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have grown this vine (the same one) in a large container (3 foot high huge pot) for 4-5 years. I started it in a partially shaded location but it was prone to powdery mildew and black spot so I moved it to a full sun location.

Even in the full sun, it is still prone to powdery mildew (no, I don't water it at night or water the leaves at all). It's also prone to aphid infestations.

I love the fragrance, and the flowers are lovely, but the time and money spent trying to keep it looking lovely aren't really worth it.

Or so I thought anyway, until this year. I had aphids this spring. Used the garden hose to get rid of them. Since then, no problems and it's blooming like crazy. No sign of black spot or powdery mildew. Perhaps it's the ... read more


On Mar 23, 2007, Biker1 from McLean, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I love the flowers and fragrance of this plant, which is NOT invasive, but hate the powdery mildew that overtakes it each year. It is in part sun. I may move it to full sun and see if that helps.


On Aug 18, 2006, soulbloom from Richmond, VA wrote:

I planted my goldflame on a trellis posted aside my garage in partial shade. For some reason it grows bushy rather than like a vine but I don't mide. The flowers are flashy but even better are the vivid leaves. This vine has grown alot since I purchased it.


On Aug 29, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I grew a honeysuckle on a white board fence in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, that was sold to me as 'Gold Flame,' but the flowers were different that the ones shown by hczone6. Mine had paler, tricolored flowers--pale pinks, purples and light golden yellow--more yellow than the other two colors, so I thought that gave it its name. My plant was beautiful, with deep blue-green leaves and had masses of flowers, but nothing with this intensity of color. And it wasn't even planted in full sun. In fact I worried that it would have enough sun to flower, but we wanted it by the driveway so you could smell the fragrance as you got out of the car.