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Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'

Trumpet Honeysuckle, Coral Honeysuckle

Finally a production and landscape friendly native honeysuckle! Major Wheeler is the best selection of Lonicera sempervirens we've grown and it stands out so far above the rest that we've dropped all other red cultivars. Clean foliage is the first benefit. Even in periods of drought or in overgrown production, we've never seen a speck of mildew on this one. But its real asset is FLOWER POWER! This selection is COVERED in red trumpet flowers in late spring and keeps churning them out all summer long, especially with a post-bloom trim. The hummingbirds will find it from miles around.

Trumpet Honeysuckle Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Part Sun
Soil Moisture Needs
Moist
Dry
Good Drainage
Average
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Nature Attraction
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Growth Rate
Fast

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Trumpet Honeysuckle

Major Wheeler prefers average, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. More sun will give you more flowers. Tolerant of drought and dry soils once established, but either may reduce flower production and growth. Blooms on previous year's growth and new growth, so you can trim it back or leave it be. Prune to best suit your site. Lonicera sempervirens is a twining vine and needs small to medium width support to climb. Ideal on a trellis or open fence. Can climb a wood fence with help getting started.

Interesting Notes

Lonicera sempervirens can be found on fence rows, roadsides, open woodlands and the edges of clearings, from Connecticut to Nebraska, and south to Texas and Florida.

North American Distribution Map