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Honeysuckle, Major Wheeler

Posted by gardeningsaint 5/6 MA (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 14, 12 at 22:09

I planted a red honeysuckle 2 years ago. Specimen name: Major Wheeler. The hummingbirds love it. This spring it looks like it has spread tremendously. ALmost 18 inches in some directions. Has this happened to anyone else? Is it invasive? Thanks.

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RE: Honeysuckle, Major Wheeler

Not sure what you mean by spreads tremendously. This honeysuckle is a vigorous vine and can be expected to grow 10ft x 10ft. 18 inches growth in a season is absolutely normal. That is its nature. Have you given it some support in the form of a fence or trellis? It's a N American native in its species form so cannot be classed as invasive. It's just doing what it is meant to. You can prune it back in spring if you want to tidy it up.

RE: Honeysuckle, Major Wheeler

Yes, I have it trained on a coated wire that runs up to the roof. Last year it climbed 20-25 feet. We trimmed it way back. But this year, it's the spread of the roots that has really surprise me.

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