Major Wheeler Honeysuckle
Let it climb as a vine or form a shrubby mound.
Simply the best red-flowered honeysuckle ever grown, 'Major Wheeler' delights with its entirely mildew-free foliage! What a difference these lush leaves make : they remain dense and lovely until frost, and the flowers keep coming as well, unbelievably abundant and not ready to quit until summer's end. And the habit is quite versatile, equally inclined to climb as a vine, mound up, or stretch along the garden floor. If you are partial to butterflies and hummingbirds, or if you need quick cover-up of a wall, fence, or unsightly garden presence, 'Major Wheeler' is waiting for you.
Each long, slender, trumpet-shaped bloom is a radiant shade of red with yellow tips and interiors. Hummingbirds take notice, and there are more blooms than you can imagine, appearing in large dangling clusters, all over this plant. They begin in late spring and last through summer, standing out brilliantly against the dark foliage.
Although 'Major Wheeler' grows most quickly and flowers most heavily in full sun, it can tolerate a bit of shade. Once established it is very drought tolerant, and of course it revels in the humidity that reduces older varieties to bare stems by summer's end. We highly recommend it for brilliant vertical color. Zones 4-8.
|Zone||4 - 8|
|Bloom Season||Late Spring - Late Summer|
|Plant Height||6 ft - 8 ft|
|Additional Characteristics||Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Hummingbird Lovers, Long Bloomers, Repeat Bloomer, Season Extenders, Bloom First Year|
|Bloom Color||Red, Yellow, Multi-Color|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|Moisture Requirements||Dry, Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Downy Mildew, Drought Tolerant, Powdery Mildew|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Border, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers, Ground Cover|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|
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