Lonicera, Coral Honeysuckle, Trumpet Honeysuckle 'Major Wheeler'

Lonicera sempervirens

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


Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



This plant is fire-retardant


Foliage Color:





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 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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:





Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Garden Grove, California

Sacramento, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Venice, Florida

Vero Beach, Florida

Welaka, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Carrollton, Georgia

Riverside, Illinois

Waukegan, Illinois

Schererville, Indiana

Derby, Kansas

Hebron, Kentucky

Crofton, Maryland

Danvers, Massachusetts

Jackson, Mississippi

High Rolls Mountain Park, New Mexico

Buffalo, New York

Chester, New York

Cary, North Carolina

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Winston Salem, North Carolina

Easton, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania(3 reports)

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Camden, South Carolina

Cleburne, Texas

Copperas Cove, Texas

Lincoln, Texas

Paige, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Chesapeake, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia

Ellsworth, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 23, 2015, Mark_B from Garden Grove, CA wrote:

Rooting cuttings during the summer is a sure failure in Southern California. The best time begins in December. We hardly get any frost here, so the plant stays green all year long.


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

I've planted one in Hyannis, MA, and it's done very well. A tiny mail-order plant climbed to 5' in its first season, and in its second it covered itself with bloom in June. Spectacular color. Very long season of bloom.

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

This is a twining vine that will strangle trees and shrubs if allowed to climb on them. Needs an inanimate structure to climb on, a post or fence or trellis. Can grow to 20' or more, depending on the size of the structure.

The flowers are not fragrant.

New foliage is attractively tinted dark reddish purple, mature foliage is bluish green.

According to Dirr, it's hardy from Z(3)4 t... read more


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 !!