Lonicera Gold Flame/Trellis
Lonicera x heckrottii is a trailing vine or small shrub that is often commonly called goldflame honeysuckle in reference to the yellow interiors of its tubular pink flowers. Because of the unfortunate choice of ‘Gold Flame’ as the cultivar name for the reportedly improved variety described herein, the Kemper Center has elected to use the common name of everblooming honeysuckle for both plants as a way of avoiding semantic confusion. ‘Gold Flame’ is reportedly a more vigorous variety with more intense flower color. It is most frequently seen as a twining vine that grows to 10-15’, but may be pruned as a rounded, free-standing shrub growing to 4-6’. Extremely fragrant tubular, rose pink flowers (to 2” long) with yellow interiors bloom throughout much of the growing season in terminal whorls. The most profuse bloom typically occurs from June to August, with sparser bloom continuing into fall on new growth. Flowers may be followed by inedible red berries in autumn. Oval blue-green leaves (to 2” long) and reddish stems provide additional ornamental interest.