Honeysuckle vines are wildly popular for their stunning color and fragrance, but many people don’t have the proper location for a climber. This is your opportunity to get all the benefits of a Honeysuckle without the climbing nature.
The Arnold Red Honeysuckle is a dense-growing multi-stemmed shrub that grows to 12 feet in height with an equal spread. It’s easy to fit into your landscape almost anywhere, and is relatively carefree.
When the rest of your yard is still struggling to emerge into spring, your Honeysuckle will be one of the first to leaf out with its uniquely blue-green, 2-inch long ovate foliage.
An explosion of 1-inch blossoms make their appearance soon after. They are fragrant, dark red and tubular which is an irresistible combination to hummingbirds and butterflies.
In the early fall your Honeysuckle will provide a feast of small red berries for your birds and other wildlife.
The Arnold Red Honeysuckle is a fast grower so you won’t have long to wait to reap its benefits. It will also self-sow under the right conditions, so can be a great investment.
For all the benefits of a Honeysuckle vine without the hassle of providing for a climber, the Arnold Red Honeysuckle is a perfect choice.
Select a site with full sun to shade and moist, well-drained soil. The plants will flower more profusely in full sun.
Plant in spring or fall. Space plants 5 to 15 feet apart, depending on the expected mature size of the plant. Dig a hole only as deep as the root ball and 2 to 3 times as wide. If your soil is in very poor condition, amend the soil you’ve removed from the hole with a small amount of compost. Otherwise don’t amend it at all. Carefully remove the plant from the container and set it in the hole. Fill the hole half full with soil, then water it well to settle the soil and eliminate air pockets. Let the water drain, then fill the remainder of hole with soil and water thoroughly.
Apply a layer of compost around the base of the plant each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Prune shrubs and vines after flowering. Aggressive varieties can be pruned back to the ground in late winter to control growth.
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