Lonicera sempervirens, Trumpet Honeysuckle
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Low maintenance and showy, Trumpet Honeysuckle blooms intermittently until frost with coral flowers and red fruit present together. A more compact cultivar, ‘John Clayton,’ produces fragrant yellow flowers and copious orange-red fruit. It was discovered in 1991 on the grounds of a 17th century Virginia church. The species name “sempervirens” refers to the plant’s evergreen habit, particularly in the South.* The Virginia Native Plant Society selected Trumpet Honeysuckle as Wildflower of the Year for 2014.
Print Version: Lonicera sempervirens, Trumpet or Coral Honeysuckle
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Tags: It is native to DC, common in DE, and clustered mainly in the extreme southwestern corner of PA. In VA, it is frequent in the Coastal Plain and Piedmont and infrequent in the mountains. It is native to NoVA except for Fairfax County., Lonicera japonica – Japanese Honeysuckle, Jasminum dichotomum – Jasmine, Humulus japonicus – Japanese Hop, Clematis terniflora – Sweet Autumn Clematis, Akebia quinata – Chocolate Vine, Hardiness: USDA Zones 4-9, Use as climber on arbors, fences or as ground cover, Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and moths to the flowers and birds to the berries; larval host to Hummingbird and Snowberry Clearwing moths, No serious pests or diseases, although powdery mildew likely if air circulation is poor; deer occasionally browse foliage and stems, Tolerates clay soil and Black Walnut, Red, berry like fruit from August to March, Whorled clusters of long, narrow, trumpet-shaped flowers, orange-red outside/yellow inside, bloom from April to June, then intermittently until frost, Thick, oval, blue-green leaves, Vigorous, twining, semi-evergreen vine, Bloom Color: Coral to red, with yellow flowers