Nodding Onion Gardens

Native Plant Nursery

Where Wildflowers Grow

Columbia Station, Ohio, USA


Lonicera sempervirens - Trumpet Honeysuckle

Coral Honeysuckle

Ohio Native Vine - Natural Range

Lonicera sempervirens

To view the natural range of Trumpet honeysuckle visit the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service website.
Hummingbird enjoying Trumpet vine flower
Hummer - lower left on Trumpet Vine - Korbers
Looking through a fecnce on can see a hummingbird feeding at at Trumpet vine flower
Hummingbirds sure love Trumpet Vines

Wildlife Significance - Coral Honeysuckle

Pollinated by - Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Host plant for - Caterpillars of Hummingbird Clearwing, Snowberry Clearwing moths and Spring Azure

Nectar - Source for hummingbirds, Sphinx moths, and butterflies.nourishment for Migrating Baltimore Orioles

Seed  - Enjoyed by Purple Finches and Hermit Thrushes

Deer - Conflicting information, some sources indicate deer don't enjoy this plant others say they browse. I am not able to speak from experience as deer rarely frequent our neighborhood.  

For detailed information on Trumpet Honeysuckle visit  Illinois Wildflower website
Young Trumpet Honeysuckle with a flower starting to develop
Trumpet Honeysuckle flowing in December

Seed/plant Provenance -

Original seed and plant 2015 - Ken and Paula Korber, Cleveland, Ohio - Nodding Onion Gardens seed 2018 and vegetative cuttings.
A hummingbird visiting Coral Honeysuckle
Humming bird visiting Coral Honeysuckle - Paula & Ken Korber

Cultivation Information 

Family -
8 to 15 ft
Flower Color
-reddish orange
Blooms - May to June
Sun - Full
Soil - Average well drained - Our is doing very well in clay soil

Hardy Zone -  4 to 9

Support - Trellises or fences. Ours is growing on a four foot fence, I prune back when it occupies more space than I am will to offer.

bright rred flowers that hang down like trumpets
It is obvious to see why they are called trumpet vines

Propagation Notes

Stem cuttings - September 2018 grown inside under florescent lights. They are doing especially well and surprised us  by flowering around Christmas.
Seed - September, 2018 - Ripe red seed was collected and washed, then stored in the refrigerator for 3 months. Seed was not dried before moist/cold storage.
Seed Planted - January 15, 2019 - Then placed under florescent lights (12 to 14 hours). House temperature 65°F during day and 63°F at night. Germination occurred  on January 25, 2019.  Seedlings appeared between 1/25/2019 and 1/30/2019.  A total of 30 seedlings. This reflected close to 100% germination rate.
Lonicera sempervirens
Lonicera sempervirens bloomed Christmas 2018