Lonicera sempervirens

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

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

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


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.

Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil/Substrate:Clay, Loam, Sand



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.