Lonicera, Coral Honeysuckle, Trumpet Honeysuckle 'Alabama Crimson'

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: Alabama Crimson


Vines and Climbers

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

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 herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Birmingham, Alabama

Batesville, Arkansas

New Milford, Connecticut

Apopka, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Lecanto, Florida

Mayo, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Albany, Georgia

Dallas, Georgia

Schiller Park, Illinois

Crofton, Maryland

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Winchester, Massachusetts

Ballwin, Missouri

Wyckoff, New Jersey

Chester, New York

Bucyrus, Ohio

Abington, Pennsylvania

Parkesburg, Pennsylvania

Charleston, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Andersonville, Tennessee

Clarksville, Tennessee

Westmoreland, Tennessee

Abilene, Texas

Dallas, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Sanger, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Milton, Vermont

Arlington, Virginia

Jetersville, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 16, 2013, ChipVT from Milton, VT wrote:

Plant blooms near Burlington, Vermont (Zone 4a) starting in June, and have had straggler blooms well into November/December after we've had snow. It flourishes even in poor, sandy soil. Fills a trellis nicely, and then, supporting itself, climbs even higher. Seemingly indestructible through drought or other adversity, requiring virtually no maintenance.


On Jun 16, 2013, Cville_Gardener from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I really enjoy this honeysuckle. It has a good, red color and grows well here.

If you collect seed, it must be stratified.
Collect seeds in late summer to early fall when berries turn ripe color. Clean immediately to avoid fermentation and overheating. Store in sealed containers at 34-38 degrees.
Seed Treatment: Stratification for two to three months at 40 degrees.


On Jan 18, 2011, myriban from Northeast region, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

I planted this vine on a 5' fence by the driveway where it gets part sun. It has grown about 6 or 7 feet at this point but I honestly cannot believe how long it blooms for! It was at least end of November since I saw the last few resilient blooms. The color is spectacular. I'm looking forward to this coming season and hoping for a little more length! :-)


On Jul 6, 2009, CrabgrassCentrl from New Milford, CT wrote:

Bought two small plants in March 09 and put them into an east-facing window of our porch, so they got a bit cold at night. But they thrived there, and have taken off once planted outdoors in May. I'm loving this one.


On Sep 9, 2008, juanwillis from Winchester, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Very pretty color, albeit no fragrance whatsoever. However, this blooms from May through September for me, which is quite a long period!


On Jun 28, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

Love love love this plant. There's no fragrance, but the blooms are pretty, and the hummers love them.

I have it up against a south wall in some shade, and it forms a nice screen for my bathroom window.


On Apr 1, 2006, DreamOfSpring from Charleston, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

The ruby throated hummingbird in my yard rarely strays very far from this plant for any length of time!