Lonicera sempervirens

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Coral Honeysuckle


Plant Specifics

Size:Stems 12.0 to 15.0 ft long 
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Coral (pinkish with orange tints)
Fruit Color:Red,green
Phenology:Evergreen, may be deciduous in parts of northern FL. Blooms spring to fall.
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:

Given a trellis or fence this plant makes a great hedge. It can also make a good groundcover though it will not bloom as well as it does with support.

Expect this plant to be evergreen in most of Florida but deciduous in colder areas.

Considerations:If growing on a trellis, will need to be trimmed back annually.
Propagation:To harvest the seeds, pick the fruit when they turn bright red. Thoroughly clean the flesh from the seeds and dry. Propagation can also be accomplished using soft or semi-hardwood cuttings taken in the summer or fall. The cutting should be made at an angle and root hormone applied to the cut face. Reduce the foliage by about one third and place cutting in a rich soil mix, keep moist. Air layering is another method of propagation that can be successful with trumpet honeysuckle.
Availability:Big box stores, Friends, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Quality nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Usually moist, occasional inundation ----- to ----- Short very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Circum-neutral to calcareous.



Flowers attract hummingbirds. 

 Birds, especially cardinals, eat the seeds - digesting the outer flesh of the fruit and aiding in distribution of the seed.


Larval host for  Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon) and Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis) butterflies. 

Native Habitats:Upland hardwood forests, floodplains, secondary woods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

Coral honeysuckle's bark exfoliates.

Climbs by twining