Lonicera Species, Chinese Honeysuckle

Lonicera tragophylla

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: tragophylla (tra-go-FIL-uh) (Info)
Synonym:Lonicera harmsii


Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade


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Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer


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Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

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

Palmetto, Georgia

Burkittsville, Maryland

Sparks, Nevada

Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 8, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

According to W. J. Bean's Trees and Shrubs, the flowers of this species are the largest and showiest of all climbing honeysuckles. Unfortunately, they are not fragrant.

"Wilson, from his knowledge of the wild plants, recommended it for a semi-shaded position, but in British gardens it is no more shade-loving than the others of its group and is happiest in a good garden soil on a trellis or pergola, placed where its roots and stems are shielded from the hottest sun. It will then make a bushy self-supporting crown, and the leaves will be coloured bronze or bronzy purple until flowering time, when it makes a display equalled by few temperate climbing plants."

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On May 27, 2013, blycoxdave from Burkittsville, MD wrote:

I planted this I think two and a half years ago. Bottom part of the plant is in mostly shade, top is in the sun for much of the day. This spring it is suddenly GLORIOUS! I'll take a photo soon and post it. The flowers are HUGE.


On Apr 16, 2013, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

According to Hillier' Garden Guide in the UK, this vine "needs almost complete shade." If that is the case in the relatively cool British climate, then shade would be a necessity for growing this plant in most of the US.


On Feb 2, 2008, Rhamnella from Palmetto, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This has not been vigorous for us. It's all over England but either our heat or intense sun has kept it from flourishing. Beautiful when happy (and slow growing all say) but we haven't been able to make it so.


On Mar 24, 2005, nevadagdn from Sparks, NV (Zone 7a) wrote:

This honeysuckle at least tolerates dry shade. Mine is still too small to make a full evaluation, but it's been growing steadily during the three years since I planted it.