Grow Trumpet Honeysuckle for Hummingbirds

In late April, trumpet honeysuckle vine attracts hummingbirds with its bright red blossoms. While not fragrant, this native vine is easy to maintain and abundantly blooms, supporting beneficial species.  

Its blossoms attract hummingbirds, bees, and spring azure butterflies, and its fall red berries nourish quail and songbirds.  

Mary says, “It's native to the U.S., which benefits our wildlife, and it's widely available to consumers. It's evergreen in milder areas; I had blossoms in February when it snowed in Maryland.  

You can plant trumpet honeysuckle in spring or fall in acidic to neutral soil. It likes well-drained, humus-rich soil. National Wildlife Federation Native Plant Habitat and Certification head Mary Phillips recommends compost top-dressing and mulching at planting.  

This honeysuckle needs even moisture, so water during heatwaves. Full sun is preferred for flowering, although it will thrive in partial shade.  

“By providing a few key elements, you will keep this vining perennial happy for years to come,” says High Country Gardens Horticulturist Lauren Carvalho.  

She thinks well-drained soil and full sun are key to development. Lauren advises “minimal pruning is required to keep your Lonicera looking nice” for upkeep.   

Dead or broken branches and unwanted shoots outside your bounds should be removed. L. sempervirens flowers on new growth, therefore prevent pruning until after blooming.  

Mary prunes her vine in late fall after blooming and thins it in early spring to keep it out of her path.