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Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' (trumpet honeysuckle)

Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'

trumpet honeysuckle or coral honeysuckle

Finally a production and landscape friendly native honeysuckle! 'Major Wheeler' is the best selection of Lonicera sempervirens we've grown and it stands out so far above the rest that we've dropped all other red cultivars. Clean foliage is the first benefit. Even in periods of drought or in overgrown production, we've never seen a speck of mildew on this one. But its real asset is FLOWER POWER! This selection is COVERED in red trumpet flowers in late spring and keeps churning them out all summer long, especially with a post-bloom trim. The hummingbirds will find it from miles around.

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3-8 Feet


1-10 Feet


24-36 Inches

Bloom Color


USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

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 'Major Wheeler' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' 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.

Good Substitutions

trumpet honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens 'Magnifica'
trumpet honeysuckle Lonicera sempervirens

Key Characteristics & Attributes

Full Sun
Full Sun
Part Sun
Part Sun
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Salt Tolerance
Salt Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Drought Tolerant

Additional Information

Soil Moisture Needs
Green Infrastructure
Green Roof
Wetland Indicator Status
Falcutative Upland (FACU)
Plug Type
Horticultural Plug
Clay Tolerance
Native to North America
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Summer
Late Spring / Early Summer
Propagation Type