The coral honeysuckle, also called trumpet honeysuckle or Lonicera sempervirens, is a trailing vine that does well for a beginning gardener. It is a member of the honeysuckle family of plants, called the Caprifoliaceae.
Lonicera sempervirens is a woody vine with smooth leaves and reddish tube like flowers. They can also be orange with yellow. Leaves are 1 to 3 inches long and flowers are 2 inches long.
The trumpet honeysuckle needs to be in full sun or partial sun. Pruning in winter will give more flowers on the plant. It is drought tolerant. Use only as much fertilizer as the bag suggests (this will vary with brand) on this honeysuckle.
The coral honeysuckle is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 4 (example: Minnesota and Montana) to 10 (example: Florida and California).
Unlike its white honeysuckle counterpart, Lonicera japonica, this will not spread out of control and will instead be a shrub-like, contained plant.
This is a great plant to use to entice songbirds and butterflies to the garden. It is also a favorite of hummingbirds. Plant the honeysuckle as a focal piece if you want to draw these creatures to the garden.
- USDA Hardiness Zones
Lonicera sempervirens, coral honeysuckle, trumpet honeysuckle
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T.M. Samuels has been a freelance writer since 1993. She has published works in "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living" and "Mature Years," and is the author of a gardening book. Samuels studied pre-medicine at Berry College.