We bought our first trumpet honeysuckle vines when we wanted to attract hummingbirds to our yard and we were not disappointed. It acts like a hummingbird magnet and we can count on those winged visitors almost every day throughout the summer. We have two vines that grow on either side of a arbor and meet in the center, providing a pretty entry gate for our garden. The one that receives more sun produces more flowers but both are beautiful and give off a lovely fragrance that we enjoy in the evenings while sitting on a nearby bench. Even in winter this semi evergreen vine is attractive. This honeysuckle is well behaved and a good garden resident, unlike its Asian cousin, Japanese honeysuckle, that is invasive and can take over a large area in a short time.

Type: Evergreen or semi evergreen twining vine.

Bloom: Yellow-orange-red 2” long tubular long flowers are borne in clusters from late spring through summer with heaviest bloom in spring.

Foliage: Simple, opposite, oval, leaves with white underside. New leaves are tinged with purple but turn bluish green as they mature.

Size: 10-20’ L x 3-6’ W.

Light: Prefers full sun but tolerates some shade (but with less flowers).

Soil: Average, medium, well-drained.

Fertilizer: Fertilize only when necessary.  Too much fertilizer can result in vegetative growth at the expense of flowers.

Hardiness: Zones 4-9.

Care: Blooms on previous years stems so prune in the spring immediately after blooming.

Pests and Diseases: Aphids and powdery mildew (when grown in shady areas) can be problems.

Propagation: Seed (must be stratified); softwood or semi-softwood cuttings.

Outstanding Selection: ‘Leo’.

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By Karen