Major Wheeler stands head and shoulders above any other red honeysuckle! Its flower power is unsurpassed in the genus; it is blanketed in bright red, tubular blooms in late spring, and they just keep coming all summer, especially if trimmed back after the first flush. Its foliage is dense, clean and disease resistant – not a spot of mildew in sight! And its restrained habit (6-8' tall and wide, depending on the support) makes it ideal on a modest trellis or open fence. Hummingbirds adore the nectar, and the bright red berries of fall are popular with songbirds. Plant in well-drained soil in sun to light shade (the more sun, the more flowers) and prune to best suit your site. Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'.
Flowering DateHeavy in mid to late spring, and continues through summer and fall.
Planting InstructionsLikes 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.
Winter CareA light application of mulch will preserve soil moisture.
Flower FormLong, tubular flowers are produced in terminal clusters. Very floriferous.
Foliage TypeElliptic to ovate, healthy-looking deciduous leaves. New growth is tinged in red, and the foliage matures to an attractive bluish-green.
Pruning TimePrune in late fall, after flowering. Pruning in late winter or early spring will remove flowers.
ResistanceGood resistance to pests and disease.
Soil RequirementWell-drained, moderately fertile, moist soil, but not wet.
Watering RequirementWater occasional
PruningPrune to shape and in late fall, after flowering. Avoid pruning in late winter or early spring as it will remove flowers.
Additional InformationNamed 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.