Lonicera ‘Fire Cracker’

Project Description

Growing in the Hillier Arboretum in the 1990s was Lonicera prolifera.

It aroused my curiosity, this climbing honeysuckle had leaves looking just like a perfoliate Eucalyptus, intensely glaucous and forming a rounded disk with yellow flowers.

Lonicera prolifera comes from North America.

Lonicera ‘Fire Cracker‘ has retained the intensely glaucous leaves of prolifera, but with red flowers.

  • Very hardy twining deciduous shrub
  • Growing in any well drained soil
  •  Tolerates all conditions from full sun to an east facing fence
  • Leaves glaucous grey-green
  • Upper leaves perfoliate and intensely glaucous forming a rounded disk
  • Flowers red with protruding yellow anthers
  • Flowers in the spring followed by bright red berries in the autumn

Grower Information

Trade Sales Only

EXCLUSIVE TO:
New Leaf Plants Ltd (England)

Retail

Longstock Park Nursery

RHS Plant Finder

Hayloft Plants

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Lonicera Fire Cracker berries A

Interesting to see this lovely variety from a new perspective! (berries)

Ian Hodgson

Editor  Garden News & Garden Answers magazines 4th Sept 2015

 

Project Details

  • GenusLonicera
  • Speciesprolifera x unnamed species
  • Cultivar'Fire Cracker' 1991
  • CategoryClimber
  • Height & Spread2m x 2.5 along a fence or wall or support has a shrub
  • Plant Breeders RightsColours and sizes are approximate and are intended as a guideline and may vary according to local conditions.
  • ColoursExclusive to New Leaf Nursery, England