Blazing red and gold blooms appear all summer and into fall—months longer than most other honeysuckles. Slower-growing honeysuckle will reach 6-10' in length, just right for covering a fence post, arbor or trellis. Hummingbirds love the nectar and the bright red berries in fall are popular with songbirds. Plant in full sun or partial shade. 2.5" pot. Zones 4-8. Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'. Deer tend to avoid
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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Didn't do much the first year, but second year it covered my whole trellis and the hummers are always on it. Highly recommend.
Jun 13, 2016 | By Karen
We planted two Major Wheeler honeysuckle vines two years ago. They flourished and drew in numerous hummingbirds. We moved last week and will be ordering two vines for this home as soon as they are available.
if you love hummingbirds
Apr 6, 2014 | By scott smith
I love hummingbirds and this draws them and other birds from all over!
Can't wait to see it bloom!
May 18, 2013 | By Jo, Alvin, Tx.
This plant arrived about 2 weeks ago and look rather frail and I really wondered if I had made the right choice as I want it to cover an old chain link fence. Based on other reviews I read this one would do the trick so I have my fingers crossed. It's in the ground and has grown about 2 in 2 weeks. Planted in full sun.
Best hummingbird attractant
Sep 5, 2011 | By Pat
I bought 3 plants. This is the third summer that I have had them. They grew quickly, and they bloomed the first and second summers, but this summer, there are many more flowers. I tried for a number of years to attract hummingbirds to my yard with nectar feeders, bee balm, agastache, columbine, salvia, verbena and zinnias. I would see a hummingbird occasionally, but I wanted to see them more often. I saw them more often the 1st and 2nd summers that I had the Major Wheeler honeysuckle plants, but this year with all the flowers, I see them in my yard a lot. If you want to attract hummingbirds, this is the plant to buy. We had a four foot high fence, and we made a portion of it higher so I could have these vines. The ones that are at the end which gets full sun are definitely more full and have more flowers than the one that is at the end of the fence that gets partial shade. It says they like well drained soil. I have a yard that does not drain so well when we have a lot of rain, so I was a bit worried about that, but it doesnÆt seem to affect them. Another benefit is they create a nice privacy screen. My best purchase!
Beautiful from Year One!
Nov 4, 2010 | By Karen
We created a vegetable/herb garden with a stone arbor sitting area. Selected the Major Wheeler Honeysuckle for the arbor. Not having any experience with vines in the past, we made our choice purely based on customer reviews, and they were 100% correct. We didn't expect much the first year from this tiny little plant, but boy were we pleasantly surprised. What a beautiful vine. It grew to the full height of the arbor the first year and displayed a great deal of flowers. We can not wait to see the second year!!!
Jul 13, 2010 | By PAPA
I purchased this vine a year ago. It was quite small when it arrived and I wondered how well it would do. I planted it in a raised bed to grow on a trellis. It now just about covers the entire trellis. It did not bloom last year, which was the year it was planted, but has been continuously blooming this year since late spring. It grows about 10 feet tall which is good for my use of the plant on the trellis. I am pleased with this plant and recommend it. If it had fragrance, it would be perfect!
Apr 14, 2010 | By Virginia Dean
Most folks who see this honeysuckle comment about how pretty it is and want some too. The hummers love it. It blooms profusely from spring to fall. It is definitely not invasive...just beautiful.
Jul 21, 2009 | By Lisa
In its third year now, this honeysuckle has been blooming non-stop for over a month. Not invasive at all. Perfect for covering up my neighbors unsightly, rusted, chain-link fence. The hummers love it. I will be buying more to cover the rest of the fence!
Jun 12, 2009 | By Dawn
1st year plant did not do much. 2nd year plants really took off (spread quickly but managealbe, not invasive) and flowered pretty good. The hummingbirds love it. Can't wait to see what the 3rd year will bring.
Apr 27, 2009 | By susan
Love this vine. It does bloom all summer and into fall even in North Georgia.Didn't bloom the 1st yr. and not heavily the 2nd. After that, continuously. Hummers luv it and come back yr. after yr. to the vine. It does get stressed in Spring if flowers are on it and we get a late coldsnap. It recovers quickly though.