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Lonicera sempervirens

Trumpet Honeysuckle

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When it comes to providing nectar for hummingbirds, trumpet honeysuckle is one of the earliest and longest blooming plants you can grow. Hummers flock to the tube-shaped deep red flowers with yellow throats as soon as they begin to bloom. Whorls of bright red fruit form in late summer. The fruit is eaten in fall by waxwings, bluebirds and a wide variety of other birds. The slender twining stems provide cover and nest sites for a variety of birds. Oval, blue-green leaves are evergreen in warmer winter climates. This is the host plant for the day-flying hummingbird clearwing moth.

Benefits

Excellent nectar source for hummingbirds, bees and butterflies
Showy clusters of fragrant flowers
Birds dine on the red berries in fall
Fruits attract quail, purple finch, goldfinch, hermit thrush and robins
Provides great cover and nesting sites for a variety of birds

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in full sun or part shade. Foliage grows well in shade, but plants need sun for best flowering. Adapts to a wide range of well-drained soils but prefers moist, loamy soils. Grow on a trellis or some form of support because the twining stems need something to wrap around. Blooms primarily on previous year's stems, so prune to shape after flowering.


Height
30 Feet

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Spread
30 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-9

Native Range

Connecticut to Ohio and Oklahoma, south to Alabama and Florida.

Native Trivia

Female hummingbirds usually lay two eggs which she incubates for 2 to 2 ½ weeks. After the eggs hatch, she feeds the young in the nest for about 3 weeks.


"Loads of tubular, red flowers on this long bloomer mean constant hummingbird sightings."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Vines
Exposure
Sun
Soil
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Attracts Wildlife
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Grassland
Uses
Accent
Climbing, trailing
Naturalizes
Ornamental fruit
Specimen
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia