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Coral Honeysuckle, Evergreen Honeysuckle, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Woodbine, Scarlet Trumpet, Red Honeysuckle, Red Woodbine
Lonicera sempervirens


In East Texas coral honeysuckle frequents stream banks, woods and thickets. It is wide ranging from Connecticut to Florida, west through the south and midwest to Nebraska. It is a smooth, twining evergreen vine bearing dark, shiny green leaves which are white on the lower surface. The upper pair of leaves are fused together, just below the flower cluster. The tubular or trumpet shaped corolla occurs in whorls of four to six blossoms. They are usually red outside and orange inside, or rarely, all orange or yellow. Red to green twining stems fade to grey with a shreddy texture when mature. Clusters of red berries mature in September to October. Ornamentally, coral honeysuckle is well suited to climb on a fence or trellis, it is evergreen through most of Texas, and often blooms in January and sporadically throughout the growing season to attract pollinating hummingbirds. There are many named cultivars. It is not nearly as agressive as Japanese honeysuckle which is on many noxious weed lists.

Plant Habit or Use: vine

Exposure: partial sun

Flower Color: red, yellow, coral

Blooming Period: spring

Fruit Characteristics: red berry

Height: 3 to 18 feet


Plant Character: evergreen

Heat Tolerance: high

Water Requirements:

Soil Requirements: adaptable

USDA Hardiness Zone: 4

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