Pahl's Plant of the Month – May 2013

May 3, 2013

Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle:  A Decorative and Functional Vine

Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle (Lonicera x brownii) is a hardy, twining, climbing vine that is easily trained on a trellis, arbor, or through a garden shrub.  Its spring flowers, though not fragrant, are a beautiful combination of red or coral on the outside with yellow-orange inside.  The flowers bloom from June through September in usual clusters of six blooms.  Red fruits follow in the late summer.  The variety ‘Dropmore Scarlet’ is sterile, and does not produce fruit.  The leaves turn a dark, bluish green as they mature.

Dropmore Scarlet Trumpet Honeysuckle prefers a most, well-drained soil, although it will tolerate some drought.  A vigorous growing vine, it will grow in full sun or partial shade.  As the plant grows older in years, it can be rejuvenated by a hard pruning.

Dropmore Scarlet Trumpet Honeysuckle’s colorful flowers attract swallowtail butterflies and ruby-throated hummingbirds, while northern cardinals and gray catbirds feed on the fruits.

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