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Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet Honeysuckle)

Coral Honeysuckle, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Woodbine

Lonicera sempervirens, Coral Honeysuckle, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Woodbine, Red flowers, Orange flowers
Lonicera sempervirens, Coral Honeysuckle, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Woodbine, Red flowers, Orange flowers

Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet Honeysuckle) is a medium-sized, twining semi-evergreen climber with masses of scarlet tubular flowers, 2 in. long (5 cm), that open to reveal bright yellow throats. Produced in succession from early spring to early summer, they are borne in whorled clusters at the tips of the stems. They eventually give way to small, bright red berries in late summer to early fall, which are ornamentally attractive but devoured by hungry birds. Magnets for hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies, the cheerful blossoms contrast nicely with the foliage of ovate to oblong, smooth, glossy, blue-green leaves. Although not fragrant, this honeysuckle is still a lovely garden plant and is reported to be one of the showiest of the vining honeysuckles. It will happily cover walls, fences, or pergolas for a pretty floral display. This vine is evergreen in the warm winter climates.

  • Grows up to 8-15 ft. tall (240-450 cm) and 3-6 ft. wide (90-180 cm).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates dry soils, but moist, well-drained soils are preferred. It tolerates some shade, but the best flower production is in full sun.
  • Excellent choice for covering walls, fences, trellises, and pergolas.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is generally pest and disease-free. Keep an eye out for aphids. Deer resistant.
  • Prune after flowering.
  • Propagate by layering, hardwood cuttings or semi-hardwood cuttings
  • Native to the southern United States.

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Climbers
Plant Family Caprifoliaceae
Genus Lonicera
Common names Woodbine, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Honeysuckle, Coral Honeysuckle
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Height 8' - 15'
(240cm - 4.6m)
Spread 3' - 6'
(90cm - 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Southeast, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Deer, Dry Soil, Clay Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Wall-Side Borders, Walls And Fences
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Lonicera hirsuta (Hairy Honeysuckle)
Lonicera dioica (Limber Honeysuckle)
Lonicera flava (Yellow Honeysuckle)
Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’ (Trumpet Honeysuckle)
Lonicera involucrata (Twinberry Honeysuckle)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle)

Recommended Companion Plants

Campsis radicans (Trumpet Vine)
Callicarpa americana (American Beautyberry)
Gelsemium sempervirens (Carolina Jessamine)
Erythrina herbacea (Coralbean)
Morella cerifera (Southern Wax Myrtle)
Ilex vomitoria (Yaupon)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 9
Heat Zones 1 - 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Climbers
Plant Family Caprifoliaceae
Genus Lonicera
Common names Woodbine, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Honeysuckle, Coral Honeysuckle
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early)
Fall
Height 8' - 15'
(240cm - 4.6m)
Spread 3' - 6'
(90cm - 180cm)
Spacing 72" (180cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Semi-Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Native Plants United States, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Southeast, Southwest, Midwest, Northeast, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Deer, Dry Soil, Clay Soil
Attracts Bees, Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Arbors, Pergolas, Trellises, Wall-Side Borders, Walls And Fences
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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