Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle

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Honeysuckle 'Dropmore Scarlet' (Lonicera x browni)
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Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle vine is a tall growing twining (twiners are climbing plants that twine their new shoots entirely around a support) vine that climbs 10-20'. It has bright orange-scarlet flowers are borne from May until frost and are tubular and precede the red fruits. Rounded green leaves offer little fall color. Released by F.L.Skinner of Dropmore, Manitoba.

Planting & Care for Climbing Honeysuckle Plants


  • They will grow in full sun or partial shade.
  • Honeysuckles are very adaptable.
  • They will grow in any well-drained but moisture-retentive, humus-rich soil of reasonably fertility.
  • They are vigorous twiners yet they have an informal habit of growth which makes them ideal for country and cottage gardens.

Opening Plant Material

  • Container - Completely saturate all container plants by putting in a larger container of water until stops bubbling, then remove the plant from the container. 
  • Bare Root - Cut open the bundle (top and roots are tied) and separate all the plants. Soak roots in buckets of water until planted. Each plant type will be labeled separately for identification. Do not expose the roots to sun. They should never dry out. Keep roots covered. All bare-root plants must be trimmed when planted. 

Planting Container

  • Climbing Honeysuckle can be planted February-April
  • Dig a hole no deeper than the depth of the container and 6" or more making sure it’s wider on the sides.
  • Slide plant from pot by tapping on the bottom of the pot.
  • With shovel or knife trim bottom 2" off of the root ball for plants in plastic containers.
  • Rotate the plant to the proper position. Never lift or move plants by the tops.
  • Place the root ball in the hole.
  • Adjust the plant height so the root crown is slightly higher than the ground.
  • Place fertilizer packets into the bottom of the hole (if purchased). *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer
  • Back-fill the hole with soil, making sure the top of the root ball is visible and slightly higher than the soil around it.
  • Firm the soil around the plant. Water well to settle soil around the root ball.
  • Water frequently when newly planted. 

Planting Bare Root

  • Dig a hole at least 6" wider and the same depth as the root mass. The crown or graft of the plant should be slightly higher than ground level where it was grown at the nursery.
  • Trim off the broken roots and branches.
  • Place fertilizer packets in hole (if purchased). Do not place other fertilizers in the planting hole. *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Spread the roots and fill halfway with soil, then water until soil settles completely saturating the soil and planting pit.
  • Re-adjust plant and fill the hole with the rest of the soil.
  • Back fill the balance of the soil and water well. 

Pruning - After Planting

  • Container - Although it is not essential for container plants to be pruned after planting, a light pruning to remove any broken branches during shipment and improve shape will help the looks of your new planting.
  • Bare Root - Prune ALL bare root plants to reduce transplant shock and ensure success. Pruning should occur either before or as soon after planting as possible. All pruning should be done with a sharp pruning shears.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • Lonicera x brownii – you can either allow them to grow at will or reduce the flowered shoots by one-third in early spring to restrict the size of the plant.
  • Shears may be used to trim the entire plant.

Watering – Through-out the Season

  • Do not let honeysuckles suffer from prolonged lack of moisture.
  • Water the plants thoroughly if the soil starts to dry out during long dry periods in the summer.

Go to our "Plant Features & Video Tab" for more information on this plant and informational videos.  


Handling & Planting Guidelines

Special Features & Videos on Climbing Honeysuckle Plants

Special Plant Features & Tips

  • They will grow in full sun or partial shade.
  • Honeysuckles are very adaptable.
  • They will grow in any well-drained but moisture-retentive, humus-rich soil of reasonably fertility.
  • They are vigorous twiners yet they have an informal habit of growth which makes them ideal for country and cottage gardens.
  • Honeysucklers are grown primarily for their flowers, and the scented kinds are the most popular.

What is a bare root plant and how do I plant it?


How to plant containers


ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag** 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag** 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag** 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag** 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B** 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B** 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B** 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B** 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B** 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B** 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B** 250 22"  10'
12' B&B** 325 24"  12'
14' B&B** 500 28" 14'
16' B&B** 600 30"  16'
2' B&B** 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B** 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B** 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B** 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B** 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B** 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B** 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B** 700 32"  9'
#3 container* Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container** 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container** 60 14" 12" 
#10 container** 80 14" 14 
#20 container** 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root* varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*#1 - #3 containers and bare root are the only items that can be shipped FedEx and/or by our delivery trucks (see below for more information regarding pick-up and local delivery. 

**Any items over 100 Ibs., #5 - #20 containers or B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight and size restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin or our new retail garden center Winterland Nursery for free (bare root orders cannot be picked up at Winterland due to lack of bare root coolers). See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 3-8

Bloom Time: May - October
Color: Green, Orange
Flower Color: Orange Scarlet
Fruit: Red
Sunlight: Full Sun to Full Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Low Maintenance: No
Deer Resistant: No
Attracts Butterflies: Yes
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: No
Edible: No
Native: No

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