Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 12.0 to 15.0 ft Width: 3.0 to 9.0 ft
Noted for: Showy flowers, interesting bark
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, Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: Circum-neutral to calcareous.
It is a larval host for both the Spring Azure (Celastrina ladon) and Snowberry Clearwing (Hemaris diffinis) butterfly.
Birds, especially cardinals, eat the seeds - digesting the outer flesh of the fruit and aiding in distribution of the seed.
Native Habitats: Upland hardwood forests, floodplains, secondary woods.
Distribution and Planting Zones
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Other Comments: Coral honeysuckle's bark exfoliates.