Spacing: 36-48 in. (90-120 cm) 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun Exposure: Sun to Partial Shade
Danger: Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color: Red Bright Yellow
Bloom Time: Mid Spring Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Flowers are fragrant Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From herbaceous stem cuttings
We don't get many hummingbirds around here, but I like to have a hummingbird plant blooming just in case. Lonicera sempervirens has at least a few flowers most of the time. The first bloom in spring is sensational. This year the spring bloom was damaged by lots of aphids. I sprayed but too late. It's a tough plant though, and came back well. It's very cold hardy and can handle hard pruning. I've grown mine on my ugly gas meter, which the vine hides well. After pruning, try putting cuttings into the ground with a little rooting powder., and water well. Worked for me.
On Dec 12, 2009, HummingbirdDude from Whitehall, PA wrote:
Awesome Plant! If you buy this plant your guaranteed to get Hummingbirds sooner or later. It can either be grown as a climbing vine or as a bush. I have seen it both ways. Berries come in the fall and provide food to other types of birds.
On Nov 30, 2009, wakemper93 from Irrigon, OR wrote:
This plant is hardy once established. I have had this plant for 12 years now and it is doing just fine. Here in Irrigon, OR I had never seen a hummingbird until I planted this plant,now they are regular visitors.
On Nov 30, 2009, Oberon46 from (Mary) Anchorage, AK (Zone 5b) wrote:
I have had this plant in my front hard, planted at the base of a metal bird house pole for several years. The moose have trimmed it for me a few times, but now I spray it with Plant Skyyd to keep them away. Problem is that while it is woody and mature, it really doesn't bloom much, and hardly gets any taller. I wanted it to grow up and over the bird house (15') but no luck. I see that it really doesn't care about PH, so what about fertilizer? I want this vine to be healthy and abundant, but am about ready to replace it with something else. Ideas?
On Nov 30, 2009, NecrochildK from Lafayette, LA wrote:
I noticed no one even commented on the tasty fun of this plant. Both the white/yellow honeysuckle as well as this one have a very sweet nectar inside. As kids and even still today here where I live, we'll pick the flower, bite off the very back end, spit it out and then suck the nectar out of the back of the flower. To this day I still wish there were a way to harvest it for a syrup, if only they made it in greater amounts, but that makes the little treat all the more something to savor and memories to cherish.
On Oct 26, 2009, jerry31557 from Patterson, GA wrote:
I have looked everywhere for this vine and can not find it. I have had a friend send me some but it did not make it. I am looking for some cuttings of this vine. Please let me know if you can help. Thank.s
On May 5, 2008, jqpublic from Cary, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:
I love this native. 2 popped up on our chain-linked fence in the backyard. The first one showed up 2 years ago and a second has just sprouted this year...which means the little one won't bloom til next year. Since it is on the fence I hope the neighbors don't cut it down thinking it is an invasive vine!
On Jan 30, 2006, raisedbedbob from Walkerton, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have trained 2 plants along a fence in nearly full sun. It blooms heavily in the spring and then sparsely the rest of the season. As Floridian noted, it provides a great stage for hummer viewing. In my experience, one must keep an eye out for aphids on new growth.
My Mom got a start of this from her Grandmother over 30 years ago and we still have it! She knows it as Woodbine Vine. We have it outside our livingroom window, and get the privilege of watching birds build nests and raise their young in it.
I have read that it is hardy to zone 3. Blooms May - July in my garden.
On May 14, 2005, CasieMom from Des Moines, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:
Gorgeous plant: leaves are silvery-green, blossoms are coral with yellow center, fruit is red. Hummingbirds and butterflies adore these flowers. I have them in full sun, with a heavy pine-bark mulch to help compensate for the thin soil over limestone. The first 2 years, top growth was slow while roots grew. The 3rd year has been spectacular. This is the prettiest honeysuckle I've ever grown; I hope to always have at least one in my garden.
On Aug 13, 2004, psychloman from Brooklyn, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:
I have Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton' growing through my lilac bush. It blooms throughout the spring and summer after the lilac. I've had it for a few years and I just added three more; 'Sulphurea', 'Magnifica' and 'Cedar Lane'. This plant is definitely worth growing, it has no faults. It grows demurely, it flowers over a long period and is not at all invasive. It blooms most heavily in the spring and then intermittently thereafter. It adds color and interest to a big clump of lilac long after the lilac has finished blooming.It requires no special care or attention once it has been established.
On May 30, 2004, springlover from Franklin, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:
Here in Southern Michigan it is thriving! It stays evergreen all winter with no mulching and no care!
It only got sporadic sun due to a huge Willow (which had to be removed last year), and now with sun it finally bloomed!
First time in 6 years! Oh I am so glad I planted it!
I cut it way back this spring (late March early April) and it seems to love that. I have it growing on a 4 foot fence between the neighbors and wish I could have a 10 footer! LOL
My plant is yellow, so haven't noticed any Hummers yet...they don't like my yard for some reason.
On May 29, 2004, InDaDirt from Bordentown, NJ wrote:
Unfortunately, I don't have a pic to share yet. Soon though. If this is the same plant, I picked it up last year under the name "Blanche Sandman". I've been growing it in a container for lack of space. Surprisingly, it's been thriving. The Hummingbirds love it. I was worried that the winter would damage it, but there was no reason to worry. It came through like a champ.
On May 2, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:
Easy to grow and pretty much pest free. Coral Honeysuckle makes a great garden plant here in West KY. It grows quickly, and although it's not supposed to be evergreen this far North, my plant keeps leaves all through the winter. It starts blooming in mid March and will hang on till the first hard freeze...usually in mid November. Hummingbirds love it, and wrens will nest in it. Great for wildlife.
On Sep 12, 2001, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
Red trumpet shaped flowers with yellow inside. Fruit are scarlet berries. This climbing vine is a favorite of the Ruby Throat Hummingbird. A native plant found in woods, thickets and roadside fences it flowers April through August.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Washington D.c., Auburn, Alabama Lowndesboro, Alabama Mobile, Alabama Saraland, Alabama Anchorage, Alaska Maricopa, Arizona Mesa, Arizona Fayetteville, Arkansas Lamar, Arkansas Magnet Cove, Arkansas Morrilton, Arkansas Citrus Heights, California Merced, California Sacramento, California Whittier, California Talleyville, Delaware (2 reports) Alachua, Florida Altamonte Springs, Florida Apopka, Florida Bartow, Florida Chuluota, Florida Deltona, Florida Ferry Pass, Florida Fruitville, Florida Gainesville, Florida Hampton, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Keystone Heights, Florida Macgregor, Florida Melrose Park, Florida Miami Lakes, Florida New Port Richey, Florida Niceville, Florida Ocala, Florida Oldsmar, Florida Palm Bay, Florida Palm Beach Shores, Florida Palm Coast, Florida Sebastian, Florida South Daytona, Florida Spring Hill, Florida The Villages, Florida Wauchula, Florida Wesley Chapel, Florida Cornelia, Georgia Lilburn, Georgia Saint George, Georgia Tennille, Georgia Bartonville, Illinois Elmhurst, Illinois Washington, Illinois Barbourville, Kentucky Benton, Kentucky Louisville, Kentucky Geismar, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana Crofton, Maryland Easton, Maryland Fallston, Maryland Valley Lee, Maryland Beverly Hills, Michigan Carriere, Mississippi Marietta, Mississippi Mathiston, Mississippi Rogersville, Missouri Hudson, New Hampshire Barclay-kingston, New Jersey Bordentown, New Jersey Frenchtown, New Jersey Maplewood, New Jersey Roswell, New Mexico , New York Elba, New York Kings Point, New York Bayboro, North Carolina Cary, North Carolina Clayton, North Carolina Hatteras, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Winston-salem, North Carolina Laurelville, Ohio Hulbert, Oklahoma Florence, Oregon Irrigon, Oregon Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Whitehall, Pennsylvania Hope Valley, Rhode Island Beaufort, South Carolina Bluffton, South Carolina Conway, South Carolina Hardeeville, South Carolina Hilton Head Island, South Carolina India Hook, South Carolina Islandton, South Carolina Lexington, South Carolina Amarillo, Texas Austin, Texas Belton, Texas Briarcliff, Texas Bulverde, Texas Conroe, Texas Dalworthington Gardens, Texas Denton, Texas Dripping Springs, Texas Floresville, Texas Houston, Texas (2 reports) Jacksonville, Texas Kerrville, Texas Liberty Hill, Texas Lost Creek, Texas Plano, Texas Port Neches, Texas Royse City, Texas San Antonio, Texas (2 reports) Santa Fe, Texas Shepherd, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas (2 reports) Victoria, Texas Wimberley, Texas Wixon Valley, Texas Aquia Harbour, Virginia Leesburg, Virginia Bremerton, Washington Edgewood, Washington