Major Wheeler Honeysuckle vine

mjaespFebruary 5, 2010

I am thinking about buying a honeysuckle vine for my humming bird garden. I like the way major wheeler looks. My question for you guys is this. Which honeysuckle has the longest blooming season? I would like to have one that blooms from spring until. If there is not a honeysuckle that will bloom this long what does? Thanks in advance.


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Since the Major is a cultivar of Lonicera sempervirens, it should flower all growing season.
I had a different cultivar in PA which flowered from spring until hard frost.

According to a friend with a vines nursery, 'Major Wheeler' does not seem to be affected by mildew , unlike other cultivars. Another cultivar, 'Crimson Cascade' , exhibits that same clean foliage.

Here is a link that might be useful: Crimson Cascade

    Bookmark   February 5, 2010 at 12:03PM
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hawkeye_wx(z5 east-central IA)

Everything I've read says Major Wheeler is the biggest blooming honeysuckle and it never takes a break.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2010 at 10:00PM
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christinmk z5b eastern WA

I have a couple of Lonicera sempervirens. My 'Blanche Sandman' and 'Major Wheeler' I bought last year. Most of the L. sempervirens cultivars (excepting the two yellow ones I know of) varry in looks only a little. My Blanche Sandman is a tad more red/orange with a lighter orange throat- Major Wheeler (bloomed first year for me!) is a more uniform reddish color.

These scentless honeysuckles do bloom for a very long time, but not constantly. In my garden the longest/most prolific blooming is in the spring and then take a rest during the hot summer months before producing a few more blooms near fall. My L. periclymenum has also been known to produce a few fall blooms too, which is wonderful since I love the scent so much.

Hope this has helped you some Michael! ;-)

    Bookmark   February 21, 2010 at 7:25PM
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CMK, I grew two Lonicera sempervirens for about 15 years in southeastern PA. One was 'Alabama Crimson'. My plants flowered well almost the entire growing season. The hummingbirds would be there constantly. The vines were in two separate locations and were seldom without flowers from spring until hard frost. The only other plant in my garden that flowered for months like that was Corydalis ochroleuca.

The only problem I encountered were aphids. Most years they were not a problem but one year they were bad and I cut back all the new growth and hosed( blasted with water) the plant to control the problem.
Perhaps your lack of flowers had something to do with your climate/rainfall/siting and the fact that it's an eastern native.

Here is a link that might be useful: recorded flowering time at MOBOT

    Bookmark   February 24, 2010 at 6:51AM
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Does anyone have any of these they are selling? Thanks

    Bookmark   December 4, 2013 at 11:29AM
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So Major Wheeler doesn't smell? Major bummer if this is true!

    Bookmark   March 18, 2014 at 2:45PM
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I have Major Wheeler that bloomed well for me this spring, but then it quit, right along with most of the others. The only one I have ever had that will keep right on going clear up until frost (with some sort breaks in between) is the unbeatable 'Goldflame'. It also tends to be more compact and easier to control than most of the vines. As of now, July 5th, it's in full bloom and has been for over 2 months.

    Bookmark   July 5, 2014 at 8:51PM
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Here's another photo of lonicera 'Goldflame'. It's growing on a 4' chain link fence and is about 6'H x 6'W and 4'D, at least. It takes very little pruning to keep it in shape, and you can see that the bloom pattern is pretty solid and uniform. One added note about it: unlike most of the honeysuckles, this one is really hard to start from cuttings. (The site has made the photo blurry, which is unfortunate.)

    Bookmark   July 5, 2014 at 9:29PM
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My red honeysuckle blooms all summer this year with the help of bloom buster fertilizer. It is in full bloom today here on the side of mt Taylor 7000 ft.
My plant came with us from SE Texas a few miles north of I10. I am surprised it lives here in zone 5 in the ground. It was a wildflower there on our land.
It produces very few seeds,none this year. Great vine humming birds love it.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2014 at 11:34PM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

I have the red honeysuckle. Our backwoods are full of the wild honeysuckle and I made jelly one year. Kinda tasted like lemon sweet tea with floral undertones lol. I am glad to hear that the Goldflame continues to bloom so I will have to look for that one next. Thanks for the pics!

    Bookmark   October 18, 2014 at 3:41PM
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