• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Lonicera × brownii 'Dropmore Scarlet'

Honeysuckle 'Dropmore Scarlet'

Honeysuckle 'Dropmore Scarlet'

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  • Other common names Honeysuckle 'Dropmore Scarlet'

  • Synonyms Lonicera sempervirens 'Dropmore Scarlet'
    Lonicerabrownii 'Fuchsioides' misapplied

  • Genus Lonicera can be deciduous and evergreen shrubs, or climbers with twining stems. The tubular or two-lipped flowers, often very fragrant, are followed by red or black berries

  • Family Caprifoliaceae / Caprifoliaceae

  • Species 'Dropmore Scarlet' is a vigorous semi-evergreen climber with rounded blue-green leaves and terminal clusters of narrowly trumpet-shaped bright scarlet flowers over a long period from mid summer to late autumn


  • Foliage Semi-evergreen

  • Habit Climbing



  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect North-facing or West-facing or East-facing or South-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • Chalk


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    2.5-4 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    0.5-1 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in fertile, humus-rich moist but well-drained soil. Best in partial shade but tolerant of full sun

Propagation Softwood, semi-ripe or leaf bud cuttings from late spring to late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Flower borders and beds Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 11

Pests Aphids, especially honeysuckle aphid and thrips may be a problem

Diseases Fungal leaf spot and powdery mildew can cause leaf drop

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