Lonicera, 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:

Grow outdoors year-round


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



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:


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

Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Federal Way, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 7, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This sterile hybrid has performed adequately for me for many years in Boston Z6a. Gives occasional repeat bloom in partial shade, though L. sempervirens blooms more under the same conditions (dappled shade). It has no fragrance that I can detect. It does not fruit or seed.

Most sources say this cultivar is hardy in Z3.

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

The young foliage is tinted deep purple, but it greens up fairly quickly.

Widely available in commerce. US Plant Patent # 11,083. Propagation without permission is illegal.

Some sources say this hybrid is L. x brownii crossed with L. tragophylla, and others say it's L. x brownii crossed with L. x tellmani... read more


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.