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
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Interesting to see this lovely variety from a new perspective! (berries)
Editor Garden News & Garden Answers magazines 4th Sept 2015
- Speciesprolifera x unnamed species
- Cultivar'Fire Cracker' 1991
- 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