This outstanding selection of a native climbing honeysuckle is landscape friendly, very healthy and mildew resistant. Work horse bloomer from late spring till summer (and another early fall flush of blooms if cut back). Highly ornamental, vigorous and attractive to hummingbirds! Heat and humidity tolerant; fast growing climber.
Deciduous plant with clusters of non-scented, scarlet/orange trumpet flowers in the early summer. The flowers are cross pollinated by Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds, and bring red berries that can be occasionally eaten by songbirds.
Easy to grow plant that doesn't suffer with serious pests or diseases, only mildew or some spots may develop towards the end of the season. Plants need support, otherwise they will crawl along the ground (can be used as groundcover). Great natural hummingbird feeder for average soil enriched by some compost or organic matter, best planted near fence posts, trellises, etc.
Deer usually don't bother this one, and the leaves can stay evergreen in southern states. Established plants tolerate droughts.
Blooming Time: May - June
Size: 6-8' tall x 5-10' wide
USDA Zones: 4 to 9
Culture: full to part sun are the best, half shade is tolerated (but can impact amount of flowers), average to loamy, rich soil
Moisture Needs: average/medium
Origin: the species of L. sempervirens is native to the eastern and southeastern USA, where it grows along roads, in thickets, and rocky open woodlands (see the USDA distribution map)
Deer/Rabbit Resistant: yes / yes
Attracts Butterflies or Pollinators: minimal attraction
Attracts Hummingbirds: yes
Pot Size: square 3.5" x 4" deep perennial pot
Picture Copyright: Mark Levisay, Flickr