Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) in the Honeysuckles Database

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10a
Plant Height: 12 feet to 16 feet
Plant Spread: 3 to 6 feet
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Other: Usually deciduous but in the south can be partially evergreen or late losing it's foliage.
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: Small 1/4 inch red berries.
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Showy
Blooms on new wood
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Usually blooms mid to late spring, intermittently thereafter.
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Groundcover
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Toxicity: Fruit is poisonous
Other: The berries are mildly toxic
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Coral Honeysuckle ~ April 2010

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Posted by flaflwrgrl (North Fl. - Zone 8b) on Jul 12, 2014 6:57 PM

Lonicera semperivrens is a Florida native plant as well as being native to much of the eastern United States.

It is said that the first year it sleeps, the second year it creeps, the third year it leaps.

It attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, as well as songbirds. Songbirds will nest in its dense foliage and will also feed on the ripe red berries, assisting in the distribution of seed. It is a larval host for the Spring Azure butterfly (Celastrina ladon) as well as the Snowberry Clearwing Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris diffinis). The American Robin, Goldfinch, Hermit Thrush, Quail, and Purple Finch are among the birds that enjoy its fruit.

Bloom and seed production occur from spring to late summer. Propagation can be done with either seed or cuttings. To harvest seed, pick the fruit when it is bright red, remove flesh, and dry. For propagation by cuttings, either soft or semi-hardwood cuttings can be taken in summer or fall. Make the cutting at an angle and apply rooting hormone to the cut. Place in moist soil and keep moist. I have rooted cuttings taken in spring in a jar of water. I used heel cuttings. One can also air layer to propagate, and I suspect ground layering would work too, but I have no actual reference that states it can be propagated by ground layering.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Apr 28, 2013 10:53 PM

Taken from wikipedia's page at:

"Lonicera sempervirens (trumpet honeysuckle, trumpet vine) is a species of honeysuckle native to the eastern United States.

It is an evergreen twining climber growing to 20 ft or more through shrubs and young trees. The leaves are produced in opposite pairs, oval, up to 5 cm long and 4 cm broad; the leaves immediately below the flowers are perfoliate, joined at the base in a complete ring round the shoot. The flowers are produced in clusters of several groups of three together, tubular, 5 cm long, with five small lobes opening at the tip to expose the stamens and stigma; they are bright red to pinkish-red, and pollinated by Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and insects.

It is commonly grown as an ornamental plant in gardens, for its attractive flowers, and also as one of the best plants to attract hummingbirds."

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Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on Jun 21, 2018 2:04 PM

A resilient and floriferous plant! Semi-evergreen for me, producing flowers every now and again right through the holidays. When temperatures drop to the teens and single digits (F), the leaves finally drop. Seems less prone to spring aphids than the Lonicera americana across from it.

My plant was taking over the deck stairs (again), so we pruned it back to nearly nothing, a tuft of vines and foliage topping a tangle of older stems. 2-3 months later, you'd never know it had been cut back, blooming like mad, and the stairs are in jeopardy again.

I've rooted spring cuttings (with small leaves) by sticking them in moist potting mix, but with a low % of success. I've had better luck layering vines into pots of moist potting mix (like rooting a cutting, but without severing the vine from the mother plant). I think that can be done any time of year, but time to root will vary. When you see good roots from the buried part of the vine, make a cut between the roots and the mother plant to produce an independent new little plant.

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 19, 2011 5:50 PM

Coral Honeysuckle is a non-aggressive trailing and twining woody vine that can reach heights to 20 feet. The flowers are red or orange in color, and are followed by bright red berries that the birds love! The flowers attract both hummingbirds and butterflies!

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 8, 2014 7:47 AM

Lonicera sempervirens is a larval host plant for the Spring Azure Butterfly. It also has special value to Bumble Bees. Its fruit attracts a wide variety of birds, and hummingbirds enjoy its nectar.

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