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Major Wheeler Honeysuckle

Major Wheeler Honeysuckle

Hummingbird Favorite!
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Enjoy the stunning good looks and sweet fragrance of this extra-long blooming variety. It spreads quickly, covering trellises and walls with beautiful red and gold blooms.

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Light: Partial Shade, Full Sun
Height: Deciduous woody vine 6 - 8'+
Deer Resistant
Bloom Time: Heavy in mid to late spring, and continues through summer and fall.
Spread: 5 - 10'
Zones: 4-8

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Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Product Details

Botanical Name: Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'
Form: Deciduous woody vine, evergreen in south
Sun Exposure: Partial Shade, Full Sun
Height/Habit: Deciduous woody vine 6 - 8'+
Spread: 5 - 10'
Spacing: 5 - 10'
Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Foliage Type: Elliptic to ovate, healthy-looking deciduous leaves. New growth is tinged in red, and the foliage matures to an attractive bluish-green.
Flower Form: Long, tubular flowers are produced in terminal clusters. Very floriferous.
Flower Color: Red
Flowering Date: Heavy in mid to late spring, and continues through summer and fall.
Planting Requirements: Likes partial shade in most regions, except the far north where it can enjoy full sun. Set plant at the same level it is growing at in the container, firm soil and water thoroughly.
Soil Requirements: Well-drained, moderately fertile, moist soil, but not wet.
Growth Rate: Fast growing vine.
Unique Characteristics: You'll love the vibrant, orange-red flowers of this fast-growing vine as much as the hummingbirds! This hardy vine blooms on both old and new wood, so enjoy beautiful, bright flowers all summer and into fall. Perfect for covering a fence post, trellis, or
Pruning: Prune to shape. Prune in late fall, after flowering. Pruning in late winter or early spring will remove flowers.
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.
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Mrs Review by Darla Ferguson - Coffee City, TX
Posted on 2013-11-11 11:38:03

We ordered two of your plants a yr ago and they arrived healthy and have really covered our trellis already. We admit we were sceptical of ordering thru the mail but we are so impressed with the quality you sent. Will definately use you again and recommend you to everyone.

nice plant Review by Teresa - Leesburg, VA
Posted on 2012-06-22 09:23:11

I ordered two of these, they came in little 2 inch pots. One was a little bigger and thrives right away when I planted it in the same pot as the climbing rose. The smaller one looked like it was dead but then came back slowly. I already had a bigger one bought elsewhere and the humming birds love the flowers.

Awesome. Buying another! Review by Karen - Pinckney, MI
Posted on 2012-06-02 01:34:03

Planted this last year and no blooms. Full of blooms and climbing all over the trellis this summer. Hummingbirds are here early because of it. Buying another! Love it!!!

Hummingbird magnet! Review by Lisa Elliott - Walton, NY
Posted on 2012-04-24 20:12:11

Give it a few years to reach its potential. I have several planted to cover a chain-link fence in a mostly sunny, windy spot, Zone 4. It blooms all Summer, & it's the last plant blooming in the Fall. A hummingbird favorite.

Shot right up! Review by Kate Fevola - Bayville, NJ
Posted on 2012-02-17 00:17:28

I planted two of these at my mother's house 2 years ago. They are in full sun, and they shot right up! I had to by a trellis almost immediately. Last summer, they were blooming profusely and they had to be at least 5'. Very happy with them.

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The Major Wheeler Honeysuckle (lonicera sempervirens) is a deciduous woody vine with beautiful red and gold blooms that give off a wonderfully sweet fragrance. This lonicera sempervirens spreads quickly, covering roughly six to ten feet, making it a stunning choice to cover trellises, walls, fence posts, or arbor. The short, oblong to heart shape leaves are medium green in color and are born in opposite pairs on the stems. The red and gold flowers each take on the distinctive form of a small tubular or funnel shape.

This particular variety of honeysuckle blooms all summer and into fall, whereas most varieties only bloom for a few weeks. Our Major Wheeler Honeysuckle is also mildew-resistant. The slower vining growth rate compared to other varieties of lonicera make this vine much easier to maintain than other honeysuckles. The vine can also be pruned to the desired shape to suit the needs of your garden. The planting requirements for the Major Wheeler Honeysuckle include being placed in an area with partial shade in most regions except for the far north, where it can enjoy full sun exposure. Soil should be moderately fertile and be kept well-drained.

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