Young Lonicera sempervirens 'Leo' in quart-sized pots.
Close-up of coral red flowers of Lonicera sempervirens 'Leo'
Mature Lonicera sempervirens 'Leo' with flowers and climbing vines.

Lonicera sempervirens 'Leo' (Coral Honeysuckle) Unity Grown

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Lonicera sempervirens 'Leo', commonly called coral or trumpet honeysuckle, is a semi-evergreen to evergreen vine, depending on winter climate, with blue-green leaves that occasionally encircle the stems. From late spring into early fall, 'Leo' honeysuckle produces bright red, long-lasting, tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. The 'Leo' cultivar is well-regarded over the straight species for its long-lasting, long-flowering nature, and its high flower density when it reaches maturity; as a native liana, Lonicera sempervirens can reach heights of 10-20' tall easily when it uses other structures or plants to support itself, but can also grow as a sprawling groundcover plant.

Coral honeysuckle is a favorite for planting on mailbox posts and trellises, but can be used in almost any sunny, well-drained spot and can be trained up fences, structures, or even dead trees for an excellent, and ecologically beneficial, specimen planting. 'Leo' is tolerant of a wide variety of light levels and grows best when planted in average, well-drained soils.

Native to Eastern Shore, Native to Maryland, and Native to U.S.
Mature Plant Height: Very Tall: 73" and up
Sun to Shade-Wide Tolerance
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Average
Bloom Time: Spring, Summer, and Fall
Flower Color: Red
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, and Groundcover
Tolerances: Black Walnut Tolerant, Deer Tolerant, Salt Tolerant, and Shade Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Small Space, and Container

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