Coral Honeysuckle


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Coral Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens

  • ​Common name: Coral honeysuckle, trumpet honeysuckle, scarlet honeysuckle, woodbine
  • Scientific name: Lonicera sempervirens
  • Family name: Caprifoliaceae
  • Origin: Eastern North America
  • Height: 10-20 ft
  • Width: 3-6 ft
  • Growth: Fast
  • Zone: 4-10a
  • Light needs: Full sun – Part shade
  • Salt tolerance: Moderate
  • Soil/pH/Texture: Moist, well-drained, loamy soil, acidic to alkaline (pH 6.0-8.0)
  • Moisture: Moderate water needs, water regularly until established
  • Drought tolerance: Moderate
  • Pests/Diseases: Resistant to most pests and diseases – aphids may be a minor problem
  • Growing conditions: Does well in most soil types, except for dry sands. Grows best in sunny areas – it won’t flower with too much shade. As it is a fast-growing vine, it may require some training to control growth. A trellis or arbor will encourage more vertical growth.
  • Characteristics: Fast-growing, spreading vine with simple, smooth, ovate leaves arranged oppositely. Flowers are tubular (trumpet-shaped), coral-red, and grow in clusters. New growth is smooth, green, and slightly fuzzy, and begins to turn brown and flaky with age. Fruit is dark red or black, small, and inedible.
  • Propagation: By cuttings or by seeds
  • Wildlife: Flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies. The berries are eaten by birds. It is a larval host for the Spring Azure butterfly and the Snowberry Clearwing moth.
  • Facts: The plant has been used for its medicinal properties – a decoction of the leaves is used to treat bee stings and sore throats. It is highly flammable, so it is not recommended to plant it close to residences.
  • Designer considerations: Good for vertical cover on a trellis or arbor. It is also a good choice for butterfly gardens or for a walkway plant. Note that due to its flammability, it should not be planted very close to residences.