8 to 12 ft.
3 to 6 ft.
species is native to northeastern United States
sun, part shade
USDA zones 4-8
hardy to 8,000 ft.
Developed by William Kintzley at Iowa State University in the 1880's, Kintzley's ghost honesuckle is a beautiful blue-leaved vine.
It is unusual in that the flower bracts are circular-shaped and develop a distinctive blue-silver color. They look like silver coins dangling from the vine, which gives this plant a unique appearance through much of the summer.
The tip of each branch grows small yellow flowers in early summer, but they lack the expected honeysuckle aroma.
Kintzley's ghost honeysuckle has been a reliable, attractive vine at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden. It took about three years after planting to fill in and become established. The light blue color of the leaves and bracts make this plant very eye catching.
Prune out dead stems as needed.