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Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton'

Trumpet honeysuckle

A beautiful climbing vine that is covered with bright yellow, lightly fragrant flowers in spring and early summer. Prune after flowering if needed. It will often bloom again sporadically the rest of the season. Berries appear in late summer and attract birds. This is an easy to grow vine that is drought tolerant once established.


 

Benefits

  • Beautiful, easy to grow vine with lightly fragrant, yellow blossoms
  • Flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bumblebees
  • Late summer berries are attractive to finches and robins
  • Tolerates deer, clay soil and black walnut trees
  • Great for water wise landscapes

Homeowner 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.


Height
4-7 ft

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Spread
1-6 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Native Range

Found in most of the eastern and central United States in open woods, savannas, roadsides, fence rows and thickets.

Native Trivia

The ‘John Clayton’ cultivar was discovered on the grounds of an old church in Gloucester, Virginia.  It was selected by the Virginia Native Plant Society and named to honor 17th century botanist John Clayton.

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Deer Resistant
Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Perennials
Medium to Tall Shrubs
Exposure
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Acidic
Heavy clay
Humus-rich
Saline or alkaline
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Late Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Blue-green
Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Climbing, trailing
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Fragrant
Hedge, screen
Meadow
Naturalizes
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
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia