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Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton' (Trumpet honeysuckle)

Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton'

Trumpet honeysuckle

Lovely pale yellow flowers exploding from June all the way through November. This plant was selected by the VA Native Plant Society for excellent repeat bloom, clean foliage and compact form. Named for colonial botanist, and found on the grounds of a 17th century Abington church in Glouchester, VA. Although perhaps not as vibrant as other cultivars, this beauty blooms steadily and still grabs the attention hummingbirds and butterflies. Bright orange-red fruits in late summer and fall.

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4-7 Feet


1-6 Feet

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Trumpet honeysuckle Interesting Notes

Lonicera sempervirens can be found on fence rows, roadsides, open woodlands and the edges of clearings, from Connecticut to Nebraska, and south to Texas and Florida.  North American Distribution Map

Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton' Growing and Maintenance Tips

John Clayton prefers average, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. More sun will give you more flowers. Tolerant of drought and dry soils once established, but either may reduce flower production and growth. Blooms on previous year's growth and new growth, so you can trim it back or leave it be. Prune to best suit your site. Lonicera sempervirens is a twining vine and needs small to medium width support to climb. Ideal on a trellis or open fence. Can climb a wood fence with help getting started.

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Soil Moisture Needs
Propagation Type
Dry Sun
Native to North America