Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Coral Honeysuckle, Trumpet Honeysuckle

Coral Honeysuckle, Trumpet Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens

Full to part sun; medium moisture level; adapts to a wide range of soils including clay; slightly acid to slightly alkaline pH.

4-15 feet height (depending on support) by 4-8 feet spread; blooms April through September; bright scarlet, slender, tubular flowers; does not fruit reliably but produces clusters of translucent scarlet berries from late summer to fall.

Growth Rate:  Medium to fast

Maintenance:  Low maintenance and easy to grow.  Blooms primarily on last year’s stems so prune to shape after flowering.  Infrequent disease problems; occasional insect problems.

Propagation:  Seed germination code  C(90).  Easy by cuttings.

Native Region:  Statewide

Semi-evergreen vine with showy flowers and showy fruit.  Very long-flowering period.  The more sun, the more flowers.  Non-invasive.  Best grown on trellises, fences, arbors or pergolas.  Cultivars available.  Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds; birds eat the berries.


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