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Orange Honeysuckle

Scientific name

Lonicera ciliosa


Orange Honeysuckle is a vine like deciduous shrub species that typically grows between 3 and 6 m in height. This shrub may also be known by the common name Trumpet Honeysuckle or Northwest Honeysuckle. The leaves are oppositely arranged, oval shaped, and have entire margins with small hairs. The end pair of leaves are always joined together at the base and the stem. The flowers are showy, fragrant, orange to yellow colored, trumpet shaped, appear in whorls, and bloom between May and July. The fruits are orange to yellow colored berries, are edible to humans, and ripen in September. The flowers are beneficial to pollinator species, especially hummingbirds. The fruit and habitat this shrub provide are beneficial to wildlife species, such as birds and small mammals. It is hardy, easy to grow, and low maintenance. The roots are good for controlling erosion and stabilizing shorelines.

Planting conditions

Orange Honeysuckle grows best in dry to moist conditions with partial sun exposure. It prefers well-drained, nutrient rich, loam soil but can grow in a variety of soil types. It is drought tolerant, but young plants should be watered occasionally until established. This plant may do best grown near a structure or tree that it can climb on. This shrub can be naturally found in moist forests, around forest edges, on shaded slopes, and along stream or lake shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Any
    • Over 3m
  • Moisture level:
    • Dry
    • Normal
    • Moist
    • Drought Tolerant
  • Light conditions:
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Potted
  • Plant type:
    • Shrub
  • Height:
    • 3-6 m
  • Spread:
    • 2 m