Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'
Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'

Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'

SKU: S64637
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Quick Facts
Common Name: Honeysuckle
Hardiness Zone: 4-8S/W Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Jun-Aug
Mature Height: 6-10' Spacing: 2-4'
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Deer Resistance: Yes
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Bring on the hummingbirds: Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler' produces a blanket of tubular, reddish orange to coral flowers from late spring through summer. Later, the vines' red berries attract goldfinches and robins. It's a selection of our native Honeysuckle species, Lonicera sempervirens, and plants are both carefree and noninvasive. They bloom on the previous year's growth as well as new growth. Regular pruning is not required—any pruning to shape the vine can be done once flowering is over for the season. Do provide a trellis, fence, or post with wire grid for support.

Lonicera is a large group of (mostly) deciduous shrubs and vines from Europe, Asia, and North America. They are known for their brightly colored, sometimes fragrant flowers. The vines will grow readily in humus-rich, well-drained soil and are rarely troubled by insects, diseases, or deer.

For more information on the growing and care of Lonicera, click Growing Guide.




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Average Customer Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (14 Reviews) Write a Review

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Arrived wilted and won’t improve

This poor little guy arrived as a cut down vine with a few leaves. He was in bad shape upon arrival, the few leaves there were had all wilted or yellowed/browned. It seemed to have been delayed in shipping from the time I got my initial shipping notice to when it arrived? Perhaps this was a part of the issue. I got it in the ground within an hour of receiving the shipment. It’s been over a week, nearly two, and this poor thing just isn’t bouncing back. Leaves are still wilted. It’s not been the sunniest couple of weeks here but I’m not sure what else I can do to help the poor honeysuckle. I’ll throw some fertilizer and hope for it to help. The rest of my plants have all arrived in great condition. Not sure if a fluke from company or a problem from shipping?

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Exceeds My Expectations

I just received my Major Wheeler and I must say that the big healthy plant I received exceeds what I expected. I envisioned a scraggly plant of about six inches. Was I pleasantly surprised!!! I have seen a well established plant and it was stunning. I can hardly wait for it to bloom in my garden. Thank you so much for this beauty and in my best Southern accent, bless your heart.?

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A beauty! Very successful

We ordered 2 in the midst of the 2020 pandemic and they have been very successful. First year we had height and blooms, second year both were immense and the hummingbird favorite in our garden. They are well established now and a very fast grower and long bloomer in general, I'd highly recommend.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful. Do you? yes no  Certified buyer

One of my favorite plants!

I planted this on a sunny trellis outside my bedroom window in 2019 and it rapidly became one of my favorite garden plants. It blooms profusely in early spring and then consistently over the summer. The hummingbirds love it. It doesn’t require much maintenance. It’s planted at the edge of a regular garden bed next to the hose bib so I splash water on it incidentally on a regular basis but I don’t actually water it on purpose. It’s an enthusiastic grower, but not aggressive. I have no problem keeping it in-bounds. Highly recommend this vine. It makes me happy every morning when I open my bedroom shades.

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Hummingbird magnet

Healthy vines were shipped and have grown well. The hummingbirds love them so much that next year I am going to buy two more. Very attractive foliage also.

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Growing guide

Growing guide
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Latin Name Pronunciation: lon-iss'er-uh    

There are many Honeysuckle species; some are shrubs and others are twining climbers. All are fast growing, vigorous, and adaptable, generally with sweetly fragrant flowers. Climbers can be grown on a fence or other support, or trained into small trees. Utilize the shrubs in borders, as hedges or as ground covers.

Light: Full sun or partial shade.

Soil: Average garden soil.

Watering: The key to getting your new shrub or tree off to a good start is moisture. Water thoroughly after planting, and keep a close eye on the plant over the following week. Then, give it a good soaking once a week during summer, unless rainfall is plentiful (more than 1in per week). Established plants can generally get by on less water, but most grow best if the soil remains evenly moist. Water Honeysuckles sparingly in winter.

Fertilizer: We recommend against fertilizing at planting time and during the first growing season in your garden. Plants need time to settle in before being pushed to grow. Most established plants grow best if fertilized with a light hand. Here at the Farm, we fertilize our specimen trees and shrubs just once -- in early spring -- with a light but even coverage of a balanced, granular fertilizer (such 5-10-10, 10-10-10, or an organic fertilizer). If a concentrated, water-soluble fertilizer is used, please follow the manufacturers' recommendations carefully.

Continuing Care: Easy to grow. Prevent mildew with good air circulation. Climbers that flower on the previous year's growth (such as L. periclymenum) should be pruned right after they flower. Trim hedges twice during summer. For established shrubs, cut 1/5 to 1/3 of the old canes to the base after flowering to promote new growth and keep shrub in bounds. Rarely troubled by insects or diseases.

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