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Lonicera sempervirens
( Major Wheeler Honeysuckle )

Evergreen vine, semi-evergreen in cooler areas, that requires support in order to climb. Stems are often red to purple turning greenish brown with age. Leaves are rounded and opposite. Typical, honeysuckle-shaped flowers are not fragrant, but do attract hummingbirds and the occasional bee. Flowers are crimson red and occur late spring to early summer. If this vine gets too large, cut it back as much as necessary - it's a fast grower and often recovers within a single season. Wonderful when trained over an entry, arbor, or to soften the top of a privacy fence. Not picky about soil, but does not do well in standing water. Give full sun for best flowering. Climbs by twining; will not hurt wood.


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Characteristics
Cultivar: Major Wheeler  
Family: Caprifoliaceae  
Size: Height: 0 ft. to 12 ft.
Width: 0 ft. to 0 ft.  
Plant Category: climbers, ground covers,  
Plant Characteristics: low maintenance,  
Foliage Characteristics: evergreen, semi-evergreen,  
Foliage Color: green,  
Flower Characteristics: long lasting,  
Flower Color: reds,  
Tolerances: deer, drought, heat & humidity, pollution, seashore, slope, wind,  
Requirements
Bloomtime Range: Early Spring to Late Summer  
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 to 9  
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant  
Light Range: Dappled to Full Sun  
pH Range: 4.5 to 8.5  
Soil Range: Some Sand to Clay Loam  
Water Range: Dry to Moist  

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Light
Conditions : Full to Partial Sun

Full sunlight is needed for many plants to assume their full potential. Many of these plants will do fine with a little less sunlight, although they may not flower as heavily or their foliage as vibrant. Areas on the southern and western sides of buildings usually are the sunniest. The only exception is when houses or buildings are so close together, shadows are cast from neighboring properties. Full sun usually means 6 or more hours of direct unobstructed sunlight on a sunny day. Partial sun receives less than 6 hours of sun, but more than 3 hours. Plants able to take full sun in some climates may only be able to tolerate part sun in other climates. Know the culture of the plant before you buy and plant it!

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Glossary : Semi-Evergreen

Semi-Evergreen: a plant that retains some or most of its foliage throughout the year.

Glossary : Vine

Vine: a plant with a flexible stem that grows either along the ground or climbs by suckers, twining, or tendrils.

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