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Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lonicera (luh-NIS-er-a) (Info)
Species: sempervirens (sem-per-VY-renz) (Info)
Cultivar: Major Wheeler

15 vendors have this plant for sale.

17 members have or want this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

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Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Nov 4, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

I've planted one in Hyannis, MA, and it's done very well. In its first season it climbed to 5', and in its second it covered itself with bloom in June. Spectacular color.

Planted in full sun with irrigation, it's in beautiful health, with clean foliage and no sign of aphids or powdery mildew.

The flowers are not fragrant.

Positive Mila1 On Nov 3, 2014, Mila1 from Memphis, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

Native plant for eastern US, non invasive, larval host to Spring Azure butterflies and Snowberry clearwing moths. Berries are for birds, will cause nausea in humans.

Positive brwnails On Apr 16, 2012, brwnails from Riverside, IL wrote:

If you want Ruby throats in the midwest, get this vine. Handles humidity very well, no mildew. Very clean foliage here in Chicago. Repeat blooms.

Neutral mcrousse On Jan 24, 2011, mcrousse from Holly Springs, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

The hummingbird clearwing moth caterpillars chewed my 2 young plants to bits last summer, as this plant is a host plant. There were so many I had to 'cull' a few cats just so the plant could actually photosynthesize and survive. Be aware of this fact when you plant it. I am hoping next year when the vine gets going a bit better it can outgrow the caterpillar problem a bit more. This plant tolerates high heat, humidity, and moderate drought with no problems.

Positive junebugblack On May 8, 2010, junebugblack from Gadsden, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

Love this plant. Long, long bloom season, and it is a very bright spot in my garden. 'Major Wheeler' brings a smile to my lips and to my soul every time I see it.

Positive MPOCHAW On Apr 29, 2010, MPOCHAW from Chester, NY wrote:

I have it climbing up a 6 ft tall trellis and it seems I need another 6 ft! It does indeed have a long blooming season, starting from late spring/early summer all the way to frost. But no fragrance !!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sacramento, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Venice, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida
Welaka, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Riverside, Illinois
Waukegan, Illinois
Derby, Kansas
Hebron, Kentucky
Crofton, Maryland
Danvers, Massachusetts
Buffalo, New York
Chester, New York
Cary, North Carolina
Holly Springs, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2 reports)
Camden, South Carolina
Copperas Cove, Texas
Lincoln, Texas
Paige, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Chesapeake, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Ellsworth, Wisconsin

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