Thursday, May 6, 2010

Go Native: Plant Coral Red Honeysuckle

Late last summer I purchased Coral Red Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) from a local nursery. It's a native perennial and is not to be confused with the invasive, non-native Japanese Honeysuckle that literally overtakes everything in its path.


Coral Red honeysuckle is an evergreen, woody vine and will climb a fence or trellis. It seems to be growing at a very manageable pace and from what I understand, it will be easy to contain.


Coral Red honeysuckle has a really interesting bloom. The two-inch red flowers are tube shaped and yellow inside. The foliage is bright green and quite attractive.


It doesn't have a fragrance but the colors are vibrant and bright which I find very appealing.


It will produce red berries in the late summer to early fall.


Coral Red honeysuckle is proving to be a great plant all around--for color, for ease of maintenance, and for attracting wildlife (hummingbirds, bees and butterflies like the nectar, birds like the berries).


This plant will do well in sun or partial shade in zones 4 through 9.


Dave, at Growing the Home Garden, wrote a post about Coral Red Honeysuckle not too long ago. He has information and provides a link on propagating it, as well.

Today I am thankful for easy to maintain, native plants.


Words and photos ©Thanks For Today, by Jan Huston Doble

23 comments:

  1. Coral honeysuckle is the best. I think the yellow centers make it look like it glows.

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  2. I see these often out in the woods. They are so beautiful! Need to get some for my garden!

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  3. Lovely honeysuckle Jan! I've just planted a couple too - yellow ones that are evergreen as well and I'm looking forward to their blooms! Do you have to prune it at all? I've got mine on a trellis like yours but I see you've strung it up some - is that right?

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  4. Thanks Janet & Floridagirl;-)

    Heather, I didn't string it up...I think that is a dried piece of the vine from last year. It can be trimmed when you want to, but I haven't done anything yet. The vine is very light but climbs and adheres on its own.

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  5. I just added a photo of the entire vine growing up the trellis I have attached to the brick near the side of my garage. This should give you a better idea of how it looks! I meant to include that earlier;-)

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  6. Well you have sold me on this honeysuckle. I would love one that is not so invasive and easy to care for. I have just ripped out so much honesuckle that is a fast grower and takes over a bush. Thanks for sharing this info and I'll check out Dave's blog. Becca

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  7. The red color is so pretty. I'll bet the hummingbirds love it.

    I've been thinking about planting a honeysuckle beside my porch. I'll do some research on this one.
    Marnie

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  8. Love that coral-red colour and the shape of the blooms. Very aptly named. I also like the fact that it is an evergreen. Beautiful!

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  9. Beautiful honeysuckle! We have a lovely native one here too, with pink blooms. Not as prolific in flower, but the birds and bees love it, and it has the most fabulous red berries in fall too.

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  10. This is very beautiful vine! I totally agree the color is so appearing, and the leaves have nice contrast with the flower too!

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  11. Ooh I need to try this. Most vines won't flower in part-shade, which I have a lot of! And I love that it's evergreen.

    Thanks for the tip!

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  12. Great post! Native plants are always so reliable, but are often overlooked for their more exotic relatives.

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  13. Want to get a few Honeysuckle plants for my arbor....now I know what kind I like to get if I can find it in my area.
    We have a large Waxed Privet(7 feet tall) covered with Japanese Honeysuckle...can't get rid of it! Want to take out the shrub but hubby dosen't agree with me....hmmmm.

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  14. Wow Jan thanks for the link! Your honeysuckle look very happy! It's definitely a favorite of mine.

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  15. What a beautiful plant -- and I could even grow it in Maine! Definitely one to consider. With flowers that color and shape, I bet it's a hummingbird magnet. -Jean

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  16. This is on my list of plants to add to my garden. Yours looks lovely.

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  17. Jan it is such a pretty vine even without the fragrance. It would have been an added bonus though wouldn't it. I bet the humming birds really like it.

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  18. I planted some of this last year, & just noticed tonight that there are buds on it. I can't wait!

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  19. Jan, this is a new plant to me. I wish I'd known about it before planting my lemonade honeysuckle. It had VERY few blooms and will not die even though I have tried to get rid of it. I will keep my eye out for this one, though. Thanks!

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  20. The reason I haven't planted this yet is because it doesn't have fragrance, and I was concerned about it being invasive. But with your positive comments I will reconsider. it is a beautiful vine!

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  21. Haven't seen this variety here - must search for it. I have a couple of honesuckle vines - the light orange variety known as "Goldflame".

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  22. Beautiful! And a nice combination with your brick. Are you going all native plant on us now? ;-)

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  23. Becca & Marnie, I hope you both end up getting some. I think it's a nice choice.

    Nancy, I read someplace that it is evergreen or 'tardily deciduous' in warmer climates. Not sure how that actually will play out in a colder zone, such as Canada...but it's possible it may lose a lot of it's leaves.

    CV & Ami, so glad you like it!

    Ginger, I hope you'll get some.

    Rebecca, native plants have been much too overlooked, in my opinion;-)

    Patsi, you definitely need to get some;-)

    Dave, you're most welcome;-)

    Jean, yes,you should try it in Maine!

    Jayne,I hope you will try it!

    Lona, a fragrance would really be nice...

    Laurie, I hope your buds open up soon.

    Beckie, I hope you'll be able to find this and try it!

    Deb, definitely you should try it...it isn't invasive at all.

    Heather, I hope you'll find some near you!

    Thanks Charlotte;-) No, I'm not 'going all native'...I have a combination. I just want to be sure I have plenty of natives & wildflowers for the wildlife;-)

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Thanks so much for visiting and taking the time to comment! Please enjoy your TODAY and all of the gifts in YOUR garden of life!

Jan

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