'Major Wheeler' Honeysuckle

Item #41292


Let it climb as a vine or form a shrubby mound.

Floriferous and brightly colored.

Simply the best red-flowered honeysuckle ever grown,'Major Wheeler' Honeysuckle 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' Honeysuckle 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' Honeysuckle grows most quickly and flowers most heavily in full sun, it can tolerate a bit of shade. Once established 'Major Wheeler' Honeysuckle 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.


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Genus Lonicera
Species sempervirens
Variety 'Major Wheeler'
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 4 - 8
Bloom Start To End Late Spring - Late Summer
Habit Vining
Plant Height 6 ft - 8 ft
Plant Width 6 ft - 8 ft
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Hummingbird Lovers, Long Bloomers, Repeat Bloomer, Flower
Bloom Color Multi-Color, Red, Yellow
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Downy Mildew, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Powdery Mildew
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Product Review Summary

Based on 3 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

June 21, 2019

Stunning Abundance of Deep Red Flowers

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I was looking for a red flowering vine and Major Wheeler has not disappointed! This is only its second year and get it is covered in flowers that are a treat for the hummingbirds in our yard! I've planted this at the base of a sturdy wire trellis that extends up and over a 6-foot concrete wall. Already, the vines are coming over the other side, producing a bright red flowers agaisnt a deep green backdrop. What a treat. I live in Zone 6a, and this flowering vine is a show stopper in my yard! I can't wait to watch it mature!

Glenda T. from KS
April 01, 2012


This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I planted this vine in its little 4.5" pot in the fall of 2010 on the corner of an outbuilding 50 ft behind my house. Last spring and summer it grew to the roof line and 2 ft wide. The blooms are striking and easily seen from my windows. This honeysuckle impresses. A most gratifying planting.

GeorgiaPeach from AL
March 20, 2012

Beautiful plant

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I love this plant. I planted it in front of my stair railing and it's grown quickly to a nice size. Pruning is not necessary but it cuts back well if you need it smaller. The foliage is thick and the flowers eye-catching. My only complaint is that it lacks fragrance.

Sandra from MO

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