Major Wheeler is arguably the best coral honeysuckle and is perfect for growing up trellises, fences, and arbors to provide color and attract wildlife.
- Hummingbird favorite
- Red flowers throughout most of the growing season
- Tough climber that’s well behaved
- Twinning habit, growing 10 to 20 ft.
- Fast-growing in rich soil
- In gardens that only receive light frosts, leaves stay evergreen
- Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9
In central North Carolina, blooming starts in March and on mature vines it can continue throughout the growing season and sometimes into December.
How to grow
Sun to part shade, more sun equals more flowers. Prefers a moist, well-drained moist soil, but it is adaptable and drought tolerant, once established. Avoid planting in wet soil.
Care and maintenance
If you need to prune, do it after their heavy spring flush of flowers, so as not to lose next year’s blooms. To prevent damage from deer, protect vines with netting or chicken wire until they grow above deer browsing height, about 5 ft. high.
Where to plant
Any vertical structure; including pergolas, pillars, and gazebos. Major Wheeler can also be planted in a large container to train along a deck railing.
When to plant
The best time is spring or fall (in the south), but with attention to watering, vines can be planted through the summer.
8 to 12 feet apart. Depending on how fertile and moist the soil is, plants will cover around 60 to 120 sq. ft. of space.
When will my plant flower?
Spring-planted vines should produce some blooms in their first year.
What’s the difference between Major Wheeler and ordinary coral honeysuckle?
Major Wheeler has a longer and heavier flowering display than the species, Lonicera sempervirens. However, if you want to have lots of berries, you’ll need another coral honeysuckle that is not Major Wheeler. This allows the flowers of each vine to cross-pollinate and produce more fruit.
Native habitat and range
The species is native along woodland edges from Maine to Florida.
Source and origin
Plants are grown here at the nursery from cuttings. The original Major Wheeler coral honeysuckle was discovered at the North Carolina coast.
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All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. We ship orders at the beginning of the week so they don't get held up over the weekend. Orders placed after midnight on Sunday may (especially in spring) be shipped the following week.Are your plants shipped in their containers?
Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions of the containers are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep or 32 fl. oz.What shipping carriers do you use?
UPS Ground and occasionally USPS Priority Mail for some smaller orders.Do you guarantee your plants?
We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.
On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know.
If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.What about sales tax?
We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.Where can I find information about your plants?
Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.