Skip to site navigation

Lonicera × tellmanniana AGM

Home  |  Plants > Plant Selector > Lonicera × tellmanniana AGM

© RHS 1999

Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub

Habit

Climbing

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Orange and Red in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Tellmann's honeysuckle

Family

Caprifoliaceae


Lonicera can be deciduous and evergreen shrubs, or climbers with twining stems. The tubular or two-lipped flowers, often very fragrant, are followed by red or black berries

L. x tellmanniana is a twining deciduous climber to 5m tall, with dark green, oblong leaves white beneath, and terminal clusters of tubular orange flowers 5cm long, often red-tinted, in late spring and summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Vigorous honeysuckle, grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil. Tolerant of full sun but grows best in partial shade

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Clay, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Take softwood, semi-ripe or leaf-bud cuttings from late spring to late summer. Propagate by layering

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 11 immediately after flowering each year if required

Pests

Aphids, particularly honeysuckle aphid and thrips may be a problem

Diseases

Fungal leaf spots and powdery mildews, especially in dry conditions, may cause leaf drop