Major Wheeler Red Honeysuckle in a 4 inch pot


Major Wheeler Red Honeysuckle in a 4 inch pot



Major Wheeler honeysuckle, sometimes known as coral honeysuckle or its botanical name lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler,’ is a vigorous, fast-growing vine, perfect for a fence post, arbor, or trellis. Blazing red and gold blooms will appear all summer long, and even into fall. The stems are often red to purple, though they turn greenish brown with age. These plants thrive in high humidity and are mildew-free. They’re classified as deciduous. The twining stems quickly reach 6 to 10 feet tall, with adequate support. It has coral-pink flowers that are very flashy when cascading off wood fences, twining up lattice, and shrouding wire field fencing or chain link. The plants are perfect in the woodland garden, where it can elegantly climb into trees, living or not. They can look especially nice when allowed to flow over concrete block or railroad tie retaining walls. If left to sprawl, it will behave a lot like groundcover on sloped surfaces or embankments. These plants are easy to grow in average, well-drained soils. It does best in a soil with fruit tree and vine nutrients. The best flowering occurs when they have full sun exposure. Water deeply and regularly in the first growing season to establish a root system, then reduce frequency once the plants are established. Prune annually to control their size. They will recover from heavy pruning within a single season.

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