Lonicera 'Major Wheeler'

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This interesting climber will dress up any wall or fence!

Trumpet-shaped blooms look as if they are extraterrestrial!

Simply the best red-flowered honeysuckle ever grown, Lonicera 'Major Wheeler' delights with its entirely mildew-free foliage! What a difference these lush leaves make : they remain dense and lovely until frost, and the flowers keep coming as well, unbelievably abundant and not ready to quit until summer's end. And the habit is quite versatile, equally inclined to climb as a vine, mound up, or stretch along the garden floor. If you are partial to butterflies and hummingbirds, or if you need quick cover-up of a wall, fence, or unsightly garden presence, Lonicera 'Major Wheeler' is waiting for you.

Each long, slender, trumpet-shaped bloom is a radiant shade of red with yellow tips and interiors. Hummingbirds take notice, and there are more blooms than you can imagine, appearing in large dangling clusters, all over this plant. They begin in late spring and last through summer, standing out brilliantly against the dark foliage.

Although Lonicera 'Major Wheeler' grows most quickly and flowers most heavily in full sun, it can tolerate a bit of shade. Once established it is very drought tolerant, and of course it revels in the humidity that reduces older varieties to bare stems by summer's end. We highly recommend it for brilliant vertical color. Zones 4-8.


Skip Product Specs
Genus Lonicera
Species sempervirens
Variety 'Major Wheeler'
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 4 - 8
Bloom Start To End Late Spring - Late Summer
Habit Vining
Plant Height 6 ft - 8 ft
Plant Width 6 ft - 8 ft
Bloom Size 1 in - 1.5 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Hummingbird Lovers, Long Bloomers, Repeat Bloomer, Flower
Bloom Color Multi-Color, Red, Yellow
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Downy Mildew, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant, Powdery Mildew
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Border, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Product Review Summary

Based on 7 reviews
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4.5/5.0

Customer Reviews

August 11, 2022

Your patience will be rewarded

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I ordered two of these in 2020. During the first summer they each remained a humble sprig of leaves on a single stem, got lost among weeds and other plants, and I thought they were goners. In 2021 they surprised me by surviving the winter, climbing up a few feet, and putting out a few tentative red flowers. But let me tell you — in 2022 they took over, in a good way, completely covering the vertical supports they were climbing, and exploding with flowers. Major Wheeler delivers a huge flush of exotic red blooms in the spring, and then continues blooming throughout our New Jersey summer. Once established it's a vigorous vine that grows many feet per season, and can be cut back hard. The red flowers look exceptional with other cottage garden plants, more so than a yellow honeysuckle in my opinion, although unfortunately they lack a detectable honeysuckle scent. For visual appeal, vigor, habit and re-blooming: highly recommended.

Mark from NJ
April 06, 2020


This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

This takes a little time to get established but it is great for vertical appeal and most definitely will attract hummingbirds guaranteed!! Lots of blooms but sadly absolutely NO fragrance at all. Still great for the bird gardener

Cynthia from VA
October 07, 2019

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

I've had this plant before and I love it. It arrived in excellent condition. Lost my mature plant in a storm and I'm sure this new one it will perform as good as my last one, which I purchased from Wayside G. Never have had a problem with a Wayside Garden's plant!

Nikki Grady from GA
March 16, 2016

Still waiting

This shopper rated the product 4 out of 5 stars

I planted in April 2015 and although it grew and climbed quickly I literally only got one flower all year. It survived the winter nicely so I'm hoping to get a wall full of flowers this year! Keeping fingers crossed.

Love my plants! from NJ
February 15, 2016

Hummingbird magnet.

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

This flowering vine grows fast and is covered with flowers all season. I have never seen any plant that draws hummingbirds like this Major Wheeler honeysuckle.

Lois, gardener for sixty years from MI

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