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Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)

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Zones 2B, 3-9, 14-21, 28-42
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Lonicera ‘Mandarin’

Privet Honeysuckle
Deciduous, Vines


Most honeysuckles are valued for their clustered or paired, often fragrant flowers. Blossoms are tubular in form. Some have two flaring, unequal lips; others are trumpets or straight tubes, sometimes flaring at the mouth into five equal lobes. Flowers attract hummingbirds, and the red or purple berries that follow provide food for many other kinds of birds. Blossoms typically deepen in color after opening, so clusters contain both pale and darker blooms.

Lonicera ‘Mandarin’

Hybrid between a Chinese species and L. x brownii ‘Dropmore Scarlet’. Fast growing, as much as 6 ft. per year, to 15–20 ft. at maturity. Foliage emerges coppery in spring, deepens to glossy green; accented by young stems of deep purplish brown. Appearing in late spring to midsummer (and sometimes again in fall) are deep red buds that open into 2–3-in.-long flowers that are orange red outside, golden yellow within. Flowers are not particularly fragrant, and they are not followed by fruit.

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