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McDermott’s Rustic Acre 2014   All rights reserved


Coral honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirensis native to the eastern, midwest and southern regions of the U.S. Unlike its Asian cousins, this semi-deciduous, woody vine is well-behaved and will happily settle in to a small garden. Few seedlings or offsets are produced, but it can be propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings.

Most varieties bloom in early spring with a huge flush of deep coral trumpets and continue throughout the summer and autumn with smaller displays. Hummingbirds find it irresistible, as do butterflies and bees. The Coral Honeysuckle prefers full sun, but will accept some shade. Fewer blooms are produced with less sun however. Prune in late winter to produce more flowers and fertilize sparingly.These are long-lived perennial vines that can be enjoyed for generations. They have few pests and are tolerant of varied climates and conditions.

The one in this picture grows on our arbor in front.   It was a welcome gift from woman visiting our neighbors.  For long time we thought it would never grow but now it is just climbing all over with mininum care.    It does not like fertilizers.     The woman from this area called it a “pink honeysuckle” when in truth it is a vivid coral.   It rarely has any ants or bugs and just adds such beauty and attraction to the wild garden.






Type of plant: Vines and Climbers

Bloom color: Red, Bright Yellow

Bloom time of year: Mid Spring, Late Spring/Early Summer, Mid Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid Fall

Sun requirements: Sun to Partial Shade

Cold hardiness: Zone 5a to Zone 10b

Height: 12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm), 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)