coral honeysuckle
Lonicera sempervirens
  • LEAVES: opposite, simple, entire, semi-evergreen; ovate to oblong, 1/2-3/4” wide x 1-2” long, pale below; short petiole; leaves under the flowers are perfoliate (terminal pair of leaves is fused at its base)
  • FLOWER: white to pinkish to red, corolla is two-lipped; in pairs on new growth, terminal
  • FRUIT: scarlet, subglobose berry, 1/4 inch diameter; September to October
  • TWIGS:
  • BARK: exfoliating on older stems
  • FORM: low climbing or trailing, twining vine; roots easily
  • HABITAT: moist, light, well-drained soils
  • WETLAND DESIGNATION: Facultative Upland (FACU): Usually occurs in non-wetlands, but may occur in wetlands of the Atlantic and Gulf Coast Plain Region
  • RANGE: New York to Florida to Texas
  • USES: ornamental, not as aggressive as Japanese honeysuckle; good deer browse; humming birds like the nectar
  • Best Recognition Features:
    1. climbing, twining vine with simple, opposite evergreen leaves
    2. fragrant, terminal clusters, spring flowers
    3. flowers pink, corolla two-lipped
    4. upper-most pair of leaves united (perfoliate)