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

New Leaf Plants Ltd (England)


Longstock Park Nursery

RHS Plant Finder

Hayloft Plants




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