Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton' - Trumpet honeysuckle

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Trumpet honeysuckle
Lonicera sempervirens 'John Clayton'

A beautiful climbing vine that is covered with bright yellow, lightly fragrant flowers in spring and early summer. Prune after flowering if needed. It will often bloom again sporadically the rest of the season. Berries appear in late summer and attract birds. This is an easy to grow vine that is drought tolerant once established.



  • Beautiful, easy to grow vine with lightly fragrant, yellow blossoms
  • Flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bumblebees
  • Late summer berries are attractive to finches and robins
  • Tolerates deer, clay soil and black walnut trees
  • Great for water wise landscapes

Native Range

Found in most of the eastern and central United States in open woods, savannas, roadsides, fence rows and thickets.


The ‘John Clayton’ cultivar was discovered on the grounds of an old church in Gloucester, Virginia.  It was selected by the Virginia Native Plant Society and named to honor 17th century botanist John Clayton.




John Clayton prefers average, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. More sun will give you more flowers. Tolerant of drought and dry soils once established, but either may reduce flower production and growth. Blooms on previous year's growth and new growth, so you can trim it back or leave it be. Prune to best suit your site. Lonicera sempervirens is a twining vine and needs small to medium width support to climb. Ideal on a trellis or open fence. Can climb a wood fence with help getting started.


Mature Size: 4-7ft. Tall x 1-6ft. Wide

Hardiness Zone: 4-8

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    Partial shade: Thrives in three to six hours of daily sunshine
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