Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine (Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’)

Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine

Simply gorgeous, the Major Wheeler Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’) is one of the hardiest red-flowering Honeysuckle around! Your Honeysuckle will quickly grow to full size and start blooming in spring, lasting all summer long. These 2-inch blooms appear in the hundreds and you will be amazed by the sheer volume of these exotic flowers! They are a favorite among pollinators, butterflies, and hummingbirds that will not be able to resist!

With no worry about being invasive like some native species, Major Wheeler will fit perfectly into any garden design and size. The long tubular blooms are red with striking gold interiors, and hang in bold clusters that absolutely smother this plant! This is a vital source of nectar for all your beneficial insects and birds! With a longer bloom time than other Honeysuckle, you’ll have these visitors for weeks!

Unlike some other flowering vines, this deciduous twining vine will not attach to wood! It can also be trained into a shrub or left to trail along the ground. It’s adaptable to many conditions and easy to manage. These exotic flowers cling to a vigorously growing vine and are absolutely vibrant as it twists and turns around your garden trellis.

It’s a rugged deciduous climber that’s virtually indestructible, even with haphazard pruning. Each year, from June to September, you can look forward to lightly fragrant masses of scarlet-gold tubular flowers that give way to small red berries in the fall which the birds just love.

How to Use Major Wheeler Honeysuckle In The Landscape

Despite being a fast-growing Climbing Vine, it won’t get into trouble in the landscape, Major Wheeler will ramble up trellis, fences and any place you encourage it to do so. Reaching near full height in a single growing season, this variety of Coral Honeysuckle is amazing growers! Filling an area with deep blue-green foliage and bright blooms, these even work amazingly well in containers and act as both the upright thriller or a flowing spiller.

Let it climb over fences and hide an unsightly view while enhancing your own, providing lush backdrop plants among your beds and borders. Beautifully spilling over retaining walls and rambling over hardscapes as well as they climb! Adapting to any style garden, these tame natives fill your landscape with color quickly and are even suitable for indoor floral arrangements with vivid blooms.

Incorporate into your garden beds and borders on a trellis or an obelisk among your other planted flowers and perennials to add height, color, and drama throughout your landscape! Imagine Honeysuckle growing up the columns of your pergolas and gazebos with lush greenery. No pollinator garden should be without something to attract butterflies and other visitors!

  • Tubular True Red Blooms & Gold Interiors
  • Non-Stop Blooms & Beautiful Cut Flower
  • Longest Lasting Blooms Among Honeysuckle
  • Pollinators & Hummingbirds Love It!
  • Container & Climbing Plant & Rambling Groundcover

Tips For Care

Deer-resistant and extremely hardy, Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vines thrives in a wide range of USDA 4 through 10 hardiness zones. Loving the full sun, these are also tolerant of partial sun, especially when planted in hotter climates, appreciating the relief from the worst of the summer sun. Not invasive like the yellow and white flowering varieties, Major Wheeler is highly disease resistant and adaptable. Not particular about soil type, Major loves any well-drained soil that ranges from acidic to alkaline.

Take care when applying lawn fertilizers near flowering shrubs. These high-nitrogen formulas are designed to produce foliage, but will not support flower development. Instead, apply an all-purpose fertilizer for blooming plants in early spring. Reapply in mid-summer, following label directions for application rates.

Doing best in average moisture, Major Wheeler is very drought tolerant once established. Extremely easy care and low maintenance, these won’t need pruning but are highly conducive to a haircut if needed. It blooms on old wood and on new growth so it can be pruned most any time you need to change the size.

  • Shines in Full Sun & Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant
  • Non-Aggressive
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance
  • Tidy Vine Form & Water-Wise
  • Extremely Hardy Native Selection
  • Prune Any Time

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Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine (Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’) Details

Common name Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine
Botanical name Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 4-8
Growth rate Medium
Height 5 - 7 ft.
Width 3 - 5 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Early Spring
Flower color Red