Plants That Survive and Thrive on the OBX – Coral Honeysuckle

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Coral Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens

Coral Honeysuckle commonly known as Trumpet Honeysuckle is a vigorous twining vine that makes an excellent addition to a trellis, arbor, or fence. It is easily shaped and is an evergreen during warm winters in the south.

Coral honeysuckle vine

Coral Honeysuckle blooms are tubular and last from early spring to late fall. They come in a range of colors from yellow, orange to scarlet red.

Coral honeysuckle blooms

It is a host plant for pollinators like the spring azure butterfly and the snowberry moth. In the winter the berries provide food for the songbirds and wildlife.

Coral honeysuckle berries

Highlights

  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Tolerates all soil types
  • Moderately salt tolerant
  • Heat and drought tolerant (once established)

Care

  • Plant flowers on new growth so pruning should be restricted until after flowering.
  • High nitrogen fertilizer will produce foliage but at the expense of flowers.

Check back in the coming weeks to learn about more plants that survive and thrive on the Outer Banks.


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