By: Teo Spengler
Western honeysuckle vines (Lonicera ciliosa) are evergreen flowering vines that are also knownas orange honeysuckle and trumpet honeysuckle. These honeysucklevines climb up some 33 feet (10 m.) and decorate the garden withsweet-smelling orange blossoms. Read on for information about these vines includingtips on how to grow orange honeysuckle.
This North American native vine that produces lovely,fragrant flowers. Beesand hummingbirdslove western honeysuckle vines for the fragrant, trumpet-shaped blossoms, richin nectar. Kids also love to suck the sweet nectar from the base of ahoneysuckle flower.
Gardeners, on the other hand, appreciate the way these vinestwine their way up fences and trellises or ramble over trees. They provide year-roundgreenery as well as brilliant flowers in season.
Western honeysuckle vines bloom in late spring. Theorange-red flowers hang in clusters at the tip of branches. True to theircommon name, the flowers look like narrow trumpets. These develop intoorange-red fruit that wild birds appreciate.
If you want to start growing orange honeysuckles, select asite that gets some sun. Western honeysuckle vines do well in a sunny orpartially sunny site. These vines grow best (and western honeysuckle care iseasiest) in mild or cool regions. Plant them in U.S. Department of Agricultureplant hardiness zones 4 through 8.
The native range of this variety extends from BritishColumbia south to California, and east to Montana and Utah. You’ll have aharder time growing these honeysuckles in hot areas where the soil is dry. Youcan start the vine by planting seeds or by propagating it from cuttings ofmature wood.
Western honeysuckle care is easiest if you plant the vine inmoist soil. Don’t worry about perfect drainage with this variety, since itgrows in clay as well as loam. Moderate drainage is sufficient.
Remember that this is a twining vine. That means that youshould determine in advance where you want it to ramble and set up trellises orother structures. If you do not, it will twine up anything in its growing area.
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