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A woody, twining vine, honeysuckle needs some structure to support itself. It blooms nearly all summer and is attractive to hummingbirds and other pollinators. It is well-suited for arbors, pergolas, and fences.

Latin Name

Lonicera sempervirens



Also Known As

Trumpet Honeysuckle Coral Honeysuckle

Type of Plant

Vines Vines

Bloom Season

May - November


Spring Spring
Summer Summer
Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 15'
Max spread Max Spread: 6'


  • Ornamental
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Black Walnut
  • Clay Soil
  • Deer

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Hummingbirds Hummingbirds
    Birds Birds
    Butterflies Butterflies


    Do not ingest Do not ingest


    Native Range

    Southeastern United States


    George Washington wrote in his diary in March of 1785, "Planted the Scarlet or French honey suckle (as my Gardner calls it, & which he says blows all the Summer) at each Column of my covered ways—as also against the circular walls between the Store house &ca. and the two new necessaries."

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington
    Sold at Mount Vernon Sold at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Fruit Garden & Nursery

  • Hardiness Zones

    4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b 9a 9b

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