Tellmann's Orange Honeysuckle
Lonicera x tellmanniana is a very beautiful climber with quite stunning large coppery orange flowers with a red flush which more than compensate for its lack of scent. It prefers a warm south or south-west facing wall to bloom well.
It prefers to have its roots moist but is happy in most soils as long as it has good drainage. It only needs pruning to keep it within bounds and to remove old, dead and dying growth. It provides nectar for bees, butterflies and ladybirds and berries in autumn for hungry birds. It is rabbit and deer resistant.
Great for your garden:
Lonicera x tellmanniana is a deciduous climber with superb coppery orange tubular flowers that have red flashes and little or no scent. It is perfect for the back of a 'hot' border, associating with plants such as Crocosmia, Canna Lilies and other red and orange herbaceous plants.
It also makes a bold statement alongside purple leaved shrubs such as Cotinus coggygria Royal Purple or as a complimentary plant behind purple irises. It will thrive in full sun or partial shade and in most soils.
Lonicera x tellmanniana characteristics.
- Deciuous mid-green leaves
- Stunning bright orange flowers from May to July
- Full hardy
- Will grow to an eventual height and spread of 8m x 2m
- Little to no scent
- Sun or partial shade
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
Look out for:
Lonicera x tellmanniana may be susceptible to mildew and aphids but it rarely causes a severe problem. Because of the plants attraction for insects and bees it is inadvisable to use chemical sprays.
Lonicera x tellmanniana was bred in Hungary in 1920 as a cross between the Chinese honeysuckle, Lonicera tragophylla, and the American honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens.