Lonicera sempervirens L.

Fully hardy, woody, deciduous or evergreen, twining climber with paired, oval leaves, to 7cm long, and terminal whorls of tubular, rich scarlet-orange flowers, yellowish inside, to 5cm long, in summer and autumn, followed by red berries.  To 4m.  [RHSE, Hortus].

Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Miller enumerates two varieties; the present plant, which he says is a native of Virginia, and a smaller and much tenderer sort, native of Carolina.  The latter rarely if ever occurs in our gardens at the present time; but the former is not uncommon, and if planted in a warm sheltered situation, and trained up a wall, paling, or lattice, is a very desirable plant both for its foliage and flowers, which latter are produced in June and continue in succession till the autumn.’  [BM t.781/1804].  Cultivated by John Tradescant Jnr. in 1656.  A number of varieties were figured in Flore des Serres.  [FS f.1128, f.1133/1856].

History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1857 catalogue only [T.649/1857].


Published Jul 08, 2009 - 04:45 PM | Last updated Jul 16, 2010 - 01:59 PM

Figured are oval leaves and terminal whorls of tubular, rich scarlet-orange flowers.  Curtis's Botanical Magazine t.781, 1804.

Lonicera sempervirens L. | BM t.781/1804 | BHL

More details about Lonicera sempervirens L.
Family Caprifoliaceae
Region of origin

Eastern USA

  • Caprifolium sempervirens Moench.
Common Name

Coral honeysuckle, Trumpet honeysuckle

Name in the Camden Park Record

Lonicera sempervirens (true) 

Confidence level high