Major Wheeler stands head and shoulders above any other red honeysuckle! Its flower power is unsurpassed in the genus; it is blanketed in bright red, tubular blooms in late spring, and they just keep coming all summer, especially if trimmed back after the first flush. Its foliage is dense, clean and disease resistant – not a spot of mildew in sight! And its restrained habit (6-8' tall and wide, depending on the support) makes it ideal on a modest trellis or open fence. Hummingbirds adore the nectar, and the bright red berries of fall are popular with songbirds. Plant in well-drained soil in sun to light shade (the more sun, the more flowers) and prune to best suit your site. Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'.
Height 6 - 10 feet
Flowering Date Heavy in mid to late spring, and continues through summer and fall.
Flowering Date:Heavy in mid to late spring, and continues through summer and fall.
Winter Care:A light application of mulch will preserve soil moisture.
Type of Fruit:Small red berries.
Flower Form:Long, tubular flowers are produced in terminal clusters. Very floriferous.
Foliage Type:Elliptic to ovate, healthy-looking deciduous leaves. New growth is tinged in red, and the foliage matures to an attractive bluish-green.
Resistance:Good resistance to pests and disease.
Pruning:Prune to shape and in late fall, after flowering. Avoid pruning in late winter or early spring as it will remove flowers.
Pruning Time:Prune in late fall, after flowering. Pruning in late winter or early spring will remove flowers.
Soil Requirement:Well-drained, moderately fertile, moist soil, but not wet.
Watering Requirement:Water occasional
Additional Information:Named in honor of Charles Wheeler, former president of the North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation. This variety is a selection of a native species discovered along the North Carolina coast.
Restricted States:AE AK GU HI PR
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