Botanical Name: Lonicera sempervirens
Common Name: Coral Honeysuckle, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Woodbine
Description: Beautiful, well-behaved, evergreen vine native to Texas, specifically East Texas woodlands, and the Southeast US. The flowers are a red/coral/yellow color, bloom heavy in mid-spring then off and on through the rest of the warm season, and they are loved by the hummers, butterflies, bees, and it has special value to bumble bees. This beauty can grow in sun to part shade, and it really likes morning sun/afternoon shade. If it doesn’t bloom much, it probably is in too much shade. Likes the usual moist, well-drained soil. Can be used as a vine to grow up trees, trellises, arbors, etc, and will grow about 15 to 20′ long. Can also be grown as a cool groundcover. I always suggest using landscape pins to stake down the vining stems will it gets established as a groundcover. After it flowers, the red berries show up that attract quail, Purple Finch, Goldfinch, Hermit Thrush, and American Robin. It is a larvae host to the Spring Azure and Snowberry Clearwing Moth. On top of all of that, the plant has medicinal value.
If you want a honeysuckle vine for your garden, this is a great choice. Please, whatever you do, do not plant the exotic, highly invasive Japanese honeysuckle.
This plant in 1-gallon containers are grown on stakes and is 2 – 3′ tall.
This plant in 3-gallon containers are grown on stakes and is 3-5′ tall.
Hardiness Zones 6 – 9
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