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Products > Lonicera hildebrandiana
Lonicera hildebrandiana - Giant Burmese Honeysuckle

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Vine
Family: Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckles)
Origin: China (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: Climbing (Vine)
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Lonicera hildebrandiana (Giant Burmese Honeysuckle) - This is a quick growing, evergreen vine that clambers upwards for as high as there is support available but does not fasten itself to walls. It has the largest flowers and leaf size of any honeysuckle with bright green juvenile oval leaves maturing to 4-6 inch long glossy, deep green leaves. The flowers, first appearing in spring but often lasting to fall, are fragrant with 5 to 6 inch long slender curving tubes that expands near the tip with inch wide flaring lobes - flowers start white then turn yellow and finally dull orange and are sometimes followed by a dark green, and reportedly edible, berry (never tried it ourselves!). Plant in full sun to light shade along the coast and though somewhat drought tolerant once established, it grows faster and looks better with frequent watering. It is hardy to about 22 degrees F but happiest in near frost-free locations or where temperatures get only a few degrees below freezing for short durations. With age the stems develop a woody structure that is highly sculptural in form, especially if thinned out a bit. This plant emits a pleasant aroma and is attractive to bees butterflies and birds. The name for the genus honors Adam Lonicer, a 16th century German mathematician, physician and botanist. Sir Henry Collett and William Botting Hemsley first published this name in the Journal of the Linnean Society, Botany in 1890 from a collection Collett, a military man with an interest in botany, had made in the Southern Shan State in Burma (Myanmar) in Southeast Asia. The name honors a Arthur Hedding Hildebrand, a British administrator of this area who also shared an interest in plants. Hildebrand also successfully sent seed of this plant to Kew in 1893 and this plant first flowered in England at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin in 1898. It has also since been collected in China and Thailand.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Lonicera hildebrandiana.