Coral Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens

  • Evergreen Vine.
  • Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun.
  • Will grow in some shade, but best flowering is in full sun.
  • This is a twining vine that needs a support structure upon which to grow.

Coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens)is a native of East Texas and much of the eastern US. In Central Texas it has been collected in Hays and Travis Counties. There even are reports of L. sempervirens from Bandera and Kerr Counties, but coral honeysuckle is not typical of Edwards Plateau flora. Despite its natural range, coral honeysuckle does well in gardens in the Hill Country area. It grows in partly shady spots, preferably with morning sun and afternoon shade. Coral honeysuckle apparently tolerates a wide variety of soils, and once established, it requires very little, if any, watering. In Hill Country gardens, coral honeysuckle needs to be protected from browsing deer.

Coral Honeysuckle is easily contained. It will not invade the whole yard. On a fence or trellis, Coral Honeysuckle will bloom off and on for most of the year. Its whorls of bright-red trumpet flowers, shiny dark-green oval and oblong leaves, and red berries make this honeysuckle a showy vine for home landscaping. Hummingbirds are attracted to the blooms, and other birds come for the fruit.

Common Name:  Coral Honeysuckle, Trumpet Honeysuckle, Woodbine