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Major Wheeler Red Trumpet Honeysuckle
'Major Wheeler' Trumpet Honeysuckle is hands down the best red flowering honeysuckle vine we've ever grown in our nursery, and in our own gardens. It is a "Major" improvement of the species. Get all the details below!

Major Wheeler Red Trumpet Honeysuckle

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Major Wheeler Red Trumpet Honeysuckle
Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9b  Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

Blooms 10 months straight - your hummingbirds will never go hungry!

'Major Wheeler' Trumpet Honeysuckle is hands down the best red flowering honeysuckle vine we've ever grown in our nursery, and in our own gardens. It is a "Major" improvement of the species. Why? Because, unlike other red honeysuckles, the deep blue-green leaves of Major Wheeler are absolutely mildew-free! Even during the rainiest and most humid summers you'll see no mildew on the leaves. 

But the great attributes don't stop there... 

In late winter or very early spring, abundant dangling clusters of radiant-red trumpet-shaped flowers appear and continue in cycles all the way through fall and into winter. The flowers were perfectly designed by mother nature for hummingbirds to feed on, and they find them irresistible. Here in our north-central Georgia gardens, our Major Wheeler Honeysuckle seems to always be in bloom...at least 10 months out of the year. When there's a mild winter it'll bloom year round, as it did in 2016 when there wasn't a day that went by when the vine didn't have blooms on it!

We have Major Wheeler growing over an entryway arch in our gardens that leads to a patio sitting area. In just two years the vine has densely covered the 8-foot high by 5 foot wide wooden arch and put on a spectacular show. We love to relax on this patio and watch the hummingbirds feed all day long. 

The vine does not cling to walls and other surfaces, however, will grow up and on just about anything that provides its twining vines something to twine around. 



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 10 feet or more tall or long and 2 to 3 feet wide, Major Wheeler Honeysuckle is a must for hummingbird gardens! It is ideal for use to climb along the top of fences, on a trellis, on a pole, post or mailbox, over an arch, arbor or pergola, or any other structure that will provide something for the vines to twine around.

Spacing:  3-6' apart to cover fences or other structures



Cultural Preferences

Major Wheeler Honeysuckle is easily grown in average, well-drained moist soils and full sun to light shade. The vine produces more flowers and is more vigorous in full sun, where it covered an 8 foot tall wooden arch in our gardens in just two years. We recommend at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. It is quite drought tolerant when established and hardy in USDA Zones 4a-9b  Find Your Zone



Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to get helpful advice from our experts for how to plant, prune, fertilize and water Honeysuckle vines.






Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Vine
Height or Length at Maturity:  10'+
Width at Maturity:  2-3'
Spacing:  3-5' apart to cover fences or other structures
Growth Habit / Form:  Climbing, Dense, Spreading/Trailing, Twining, Twisted Branching, Upright
Growth Rate:  Fast to Very Fast
Flower Color:  Bright Red
Flower Type:  Single, trumpet-shaped
Flower Size:  1.5-2" long
Flowering Period:  Late Winter or Early Spring to Mid or Late Winter
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Deep Blue-Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Yes, Red
Sun Needs:  Full to Mostly Sun or Part Shade
Water Needs:  Average. Drought tolerant when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sand, Silt
Soil Drainage:  Well Drained
Soil pH:  5.5 - 8.0
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Insect, Mildew



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