Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler

Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine - 2010 Plant of the Year

 
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Major Wheeler Honeysuckle (Lonicera) is a non-stop bloomer coloring the garden from late spring through the summer with showy clusters of orange-red flowers. Considered to be the longest blooming variety of honeysuckle and a superior flower for the hummingbirds.

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Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Average
20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Bloom Time Late spring to summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 66320
Award: Perennial Plant of the Year

Details

6-8' x 5-10' wide. Major Wheeler Honeysuckle (Lonicera) puts on a hummingbird display unrivaled by any other Honeysuckle variety. Garden trials have demonstrated that this is the most profuse bloomer of its species. With its mass display of thin tubular, red-orange flowers from late spring through the end of summer and highly disease resistant foliage, 'Major Wheeler' Honeysuckle is a low care, high color addition to the landscape. Bring hummingbirds up close to your patio by training 'Major Wheeler' onto a nice trellis or pergola. A fast growing vine, use it to quickly cover unsightly fences. Partially evergreen in southern climates, deciduous in colder zones of the north. Because this blooms on old and new wood, there is no need to prune other than to shape the vine once blooms have passed.
SKU 66320
Common Name Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine - 2010 Plant of the Year
Botanical Name Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Red, Orange
Mature Height 6-8' tall
Mature Spread 5-10' wide
Bloom Time Late spring to summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 20 to 30", 30 to 40", 40 to 50"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Native
Additional Information Partially evergreen southern climates, deciduous in northern zones.
Special Groups High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Coastal California, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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High Country GardensLonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler
 
4.5

(based on 23 reviews)

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Pros

  • Healthy (19)
  • Attractive (18)
  • Hardy (16)
  • Accurate instructions (14)
  • Fragrant (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Garden (17)
  • Outdoors (16)
  • Patio (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love Major Wheeler!

I bought two Major Wheeler honeysuckle plants in the spring and planted them in large containers on my balcony. Both started growing immediately, but I accidentally killed one of them. The other continued...Read complete review

I bought two Major Wheeler honeysuckle plants in the spring and planted them in large containers on my balcony. Both started growing immediately, but I accidentally killed one of them. The other continued on and grew 3-4 feet in the first summer which was more than I expected. Attached is a photo of it still blooming on October 31.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Will it take off....

The plants were shipped beautifully and I planted them right away. They don't seem to be growing all that quickly, but hopefully now that we are starting the 2nd growing season they will take...Read complete review

The plants were shipped beautifully and I planted them right away. They don't seem to be growing all that quickly, but hopefully now that we are starting the 2nd growing season they will take off.

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5.0

Love Major Wheeler

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from Arvada, CO

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  • Attractive
  • Hardy
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    • Garden

    Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

    I have three Major Wheeler honeysuckle vines against my back fence. They've been in three years and get more beautiful each year. The hummingbirds are regular visitors.

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    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Plant

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    from Rock Springs Wyoming

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

      I bought this plant in 2014 and it arrived the morning I was leaving town for a week. It lived on the window sill for about 3 months sill since April is really not the time to be planting much in southwest Wyoming! I'm not sure how it happened, but I came home one day after I'd planted it, and the plant was 'gone'. Every stem and leaf above the ground was just gone. It put off some new branches and was looking pretty good when whatever critter got it the first time, got it again (?!).... The following spring it started growing again, and I trained it up an old wooden ladder. It made it through the summer without 'disappearing' but only put off a few flowers toward the end of fall. Sadly, that winter, the ladder was blown over in a bad storm, and nearly all of the branches were broken. Last spring, I cut it back, installed a sturdier trellis, and the plant took off again! This time it bloomed wonderfully for most of the summer into fall, with many branches getting to be about 12 ft long. HCG should be proud of this one!

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful blossoms

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      from Bakersfield, VT

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      • Accurate Instructions
      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy
      • Versatile

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        • Garden
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        • Patio
        • Pool Area

        Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

        Planted Major Wheeler in a nursery bed until I could get it into it's permanent location. Flowered for a long time last summer, even under drought conditions. Love it:)

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It is blooming!

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        from Casper, WY

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

          I planted this in the spring and by early fall it was blooming! I am very pleased with this addition.

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          4.0

          needs another season

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          from Denver, Co.

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

            I planted three of these vines, they grew slowly and only produced one or two blooms. Hopefully next season they will take off.

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            4.0

            Very good evergreen vine

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            from Langley, WA

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                Planted it on an open grid screen fence and expect it to grow fast once established to drape over top and within wood grid.

                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing! We have hummingbirds now!

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                from Heath, TX

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                • Attractive
                • Hardy
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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                  Amazing beautiful plant - We have never had hummingbirds before - now they visit frequently! It is a blooming machine. Here in Zone 8a, it is evergreen & even blooms in January!!! Beautiful on fences.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I would buy this again

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                  from Magdalena, NM

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                  • Attractive
                  • Hardy
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                    Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                    I have two growing on a trellis. It bloomed the first summer even though it is small yet. I am looking forward to seeing it covering the entire trellis with its beautiful and abundant red blooms.

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                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Can't wait for summer

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                    from Talala OK

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                    • Attractive
                    • Fragrant
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy

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                      • Patio

                      Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                      Arrived in great condition and after planting it has not stopped growing. It is already flowering and is beautiful! Planted it near a kitchen window and can't wait for the butterflies and hummingbirds.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      I would buy this again

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                      from Vinton, VA

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                      • Accurate Instructions
                      • Healthy

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                        • Outdoors
                        • Patio

                        Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                        I planted immediately upon receipt and even after our Virginia Cold Snap in "April" this is still thriving and I actually think I am have blooms this year.. Can't wait to a little further in the Spring and Summer to see how it turns out. For a beginner like me, I love these vines.. Pretty good in planters and they have a mind of their own.

                        I will post pictures to show the process of these vines in the next couple of days.

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Fabulous!!!!!

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                        from Boise, Idaho

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                        • Hardy
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                          Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                          Major Wheeler is growing rapidly, blooming, and it just beautiful. The deep color of the blooms against the deep leaves is spectacular. Love Major Wheeler!

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                          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Grew great

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                          from Ogden, UT

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                          • Attractive
                          • Fragrant
                          • Lightweight

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                            Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                            Very attractive

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                            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Love Major Wheeler!

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                            from Denver, CO

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                              • Patio

                              Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                              I bought two Major Wheeler honeysuckle plants in the spring and planted them in large containers on my balcony. Both started growing immediately, but I accidentally killed one of them. The other continued on and grew 3-4 feet in the first summer which was more than I expected. Attached is a photo of it still blooming on October 31.

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                              (3 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              disappointed

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                              from Salida, CO

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                                  Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                                  I will try again

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                                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great vine for hummers

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                                  from Milwaukie, OR

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                                  Pros

                                  • Attractive
                                  • Hardy
                                  • Healthy
                                  • Hummingbird Magnet

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                                    • Garden
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                                    Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                                    Lonicera Major Wheeler is one of several vines that I use to feed and attract hummingbirds. It's a great vine that I use along with Dropmore Scarlet and others.

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                                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    A stunning addition to the garden!

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                                    from Eastern Oregon

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                                      Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                                      This plant is in its second season and already 4 feet tall and blooming profusely! It appears to be quite hardy for zone 5/6. I have it planted next to an arbor trellis and can't wait to see it grow up and over in the coming years. Thanks High Country Gardens!

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                                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Doing well 1st full season

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                                      from Glens Falls,NY

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                                        • Patio

                                        Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                                        Love it! Can't wait for it to get grow.

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                                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Fantastic fast grower covered with blooms.

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                                        from Bakersfield, CA

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                                          Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                                          I put my lonicera where it could climb up a trellis to hide a fence in back of a man made creek I installed. It is filling in and spreading nicely. It's not quite picture ready, but will be next season.
                                          It's the perfect plant for the task. It takes a lot of room, so one needs to be aware of that in planning.

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                                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          We keep buying more

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                                          from Salt Lake City, UT

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                                          • Hardy
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                                            Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                                            Hummingbirds love this plant and we get hummingbirds coming to them every year. It's one of the highlights of our yard.

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                                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Really Cool Plant

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                                            from New Braunfels, TX

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                                            Pros

                                            • Accurate Instructions
                                            • Attractive
                                            • Hardy
                                            • Healthy
                                            • Versatile

                                            Cons

                                            • Deer Love It

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                                            • Garden
                                            • Outdoors
                                            • Patio
                                            • Pool Area

                                            Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                                            It is in my landscape, it is doing well, except when the deer find it, still it survives if not thrives. Without deer, it would be awesome, not the plants fault.

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                                            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Major Wheeler Honeysuckle

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                                            from Gallup, New Mexico

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                                            • Attractive
                                            • Hardy
                                            • Healthy

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                                              • Outdoors
                                              • Patio

                                              Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                                              I live in Gallup, New Mexico where gardening is a challenge. The Major Wheeler had buds on it until Christmas and stayed green all winter. It survives in very cold temps and lots of wind. It is getting a lot fuller on the trellis. A very hardy plant

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                                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              3.0

                                              Will it take off....

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                                              from Scotch Plains, NJ

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                                              Pros

                                              • Attractive
                                              • Healthy

                                              Cons

                                              • Small In Size

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                                              • Garden

                                              Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                                              The plants were shipped beautifully and I planted them right away. They don't seem to be growing all that quickly, but hopefully now that we are starting the 2nd growing season they will take off.

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                                              • Personal

                                              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              4.0

                                              Still going strong

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                                              from Fruita CO

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                                              Pros

                                              • Attractive
                                              • Hardy
                                              • Healthy
                                              • Hummingbirds Love It

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Screening

                                                Comments about High Country Gardens Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler:

                                                We started planting these 4 years ago and add a few more to an unattractive fenceline each year. Hummingbirds love them, the flowers are beautiful and they are low maintenance.

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