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Lonicera brownii Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle

Posted by nutsaboutflowers 2b/3a (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 25, 11 at 1:13

Some old threads tell me that a few of you have this vine.

How fast does it grow? Does it look nice when established, or does it grow in a big tangled mess? Will it damage a wooden fence?

One website says it's trouble free, and another says it's an aphid magnet.

Any comments, good or bad, would be welcome, as usual.

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RE: Lonicera brownii Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle

Naf, mine has been beset by aphids every year for some time now. It was, however, very attractive for years before that started to happen. Last year wasn't too bad, so I'm hoping that maybe it was one of those cycle things. Mine is planted right up against a wall where it only gets morning sun, so maybe it is stressed by its growing conditions.
As far as growth, I would say the vine is very manageable. The vines need something to twine around for support. You will need a trellis or something to hold them up.

RE: Lonicera brownii Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle

It's a pretty tough vine. My DH bought me one and I didn't want it, well not that I didn't want it but I had nowhere to put a vine, so I left it sitting in its pot for 4 months against the house wall, unwatered. It still looked fine in the fall so I popped it out of the pot and planted it there with a trellis. The area is a mess of invasive lily of the valley, tiger lilies and irises. The next spring it started growing and thriving, and I had never watered it or improved the soil or anything. I'm hoping it keeps it up this third summer and I'll get a bigger trellis, it would be nice on the front of the house.

No pest problems here, not that I really inspect it at all.

I don't think it would harm a fence, as mentioned it needs support to climb so it doesn't have any aerial roots that would wreck stuff.

RE: Lonicera brownii Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle

  • Posted by pudge 2/3 Sask (My Page) on
    Fri, Feb 25, 11 at 12:48

Mine have never had aphids, but my sister said hers got aphids every year. Mine grows on a chain link fence, and is now wound up with radar love clematis (pic on the bubble thread). I have another that I cut right to the ground last year and it's bouncing back nicely. Hummingbirds go nuts for the blossoms.

RE: Lonicera brownii Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle

We have a tremendous amount of sun, so I guess I'll plant one and see what happens. I'll need to learn that if I don't like something, I can just get rid of it.

How many years would it be before it's about 4-5 feet tall and blooming? Information says it's a fast grower, but since we're all in a cold zone, how long would "fast" be?

RE: Lonicera brownii Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle

They can bloom the first year. They can bloom right to hard frost.

Once they are established they can grow very quickly. Second year should give you 4-5 feet tall. The one I had at the old house tripled in size in just two seasons. I have seen some very established vines and they get THICK.

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