Lonicera sempervirens

Trumpet Honeysuckle, Coral Honeysuckle




  • native to Connecticut down through Florida and across to Texas
  • hardy to zone 4, warmer parts of 3

Habit and Form

  • a deciduous twining vine
  • somewhat vigorous
  • 10' to 20', depending on structure
  • medium texture
  • fast growth rate

Summer Foliage

  • opposite, simple leaves
  • simple, deciduous leaves
  • ovate leaf shape
  • 1" to 3" long
  • glaucous underside
  • first two leaf pairs below flower are connected
  • leafs out early
  • blue-green leaf color
  • new growth reddish purple

Autumn Foliage

  • no fall color
  • leaves drop green


  • perfect flowers
  • flower is orangy-red on the outside and yellow on the inside
  • tubular
  • up to 2" long
  • flowers clustered on whorled spikes
  • blooms in spring and sporadic through season


  • deep, red berries
  • 0.25" in diameter
  • matures in September


  • twining, thin stems
  • tan colored
  • glabrous


  • easy to grow
  • easily transplanted
  • prefers well-drained, neutral soil
  • full sun to shade
  • needs support
  • prune after flowering

Landscape Use

  • quick covering vine
  • bank cover
  • fence cover
  • arbor
  • for flowering effect
  • attracts hummingbirds


  • powdery mildew
  • leaf spot

ID Features

  • first two leaf pairs are connected under flowers
  • twining vine
  • dual colored flowers
  • flowers are not fragrant
  • opposite leaf arrangement
  • small red fruit
  • no fall color


  • by cuttings
  • by seed


'Alabama Crimson' - A cultivar that is becoming very common in commerce, this plant sports bright red blooms that are produced sporadically throughout the season.

'Blanche Sandman' - This form has orange-red blooms that are produced even after the initial flush. It is resistant to leaf diseases.

'Cedar Lane' - A deep red-flowering form, this plant produces abundant bloom. It is less prone to leaf diseases.

'John Clayton' - Becoming more popular in the trade, this selection bears clear yellow blooms that repeat throughout the season.

'Magnifica' (perhaps f. magnifica, may be the same as 'Superba') - A cultivar of questionable identity and existence, this plant features bright red blooms that will repeat with good culture.

'Sulphurea' (also known as 'Flava') - This form features profuse bright yellow blooms and bright green foliage.

© Copyright Mark H. Brand, 1997-2015.

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Citation and Acknowledgements: University of Connecticut Plant Database, http://hort.uconn.edu/plants, Mark H. Brand, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Storrs, CT 06269-4067 USA.