When it comes to providing nectar for hummingbirds, trumpet honeysuckle is one of the earliest and longest blooming plants you can grow. Hummers flock to the tube-shaped deep red flowers with yellow throats as soon as they begin to bloom. Whorls of bright red fruit form in late summer. The fruit is eaten in fall by waxwings, bluebirds and a wide variety of other birds. The slender twining stems provide cover and nest sites for a variety of birds. Oval, blue-green leaves are evergreen in warmer winter climates. This is the host plant for the day-flying hummingbird clearwing moth.
Excellent nectar source for hummingbirds, bees and butterflies
Showy clusters of fragrant flowers
Birds dine on the red berries in fall
Fruits attract quail, purple finch, goldfinch, hermit thrush and robins
Provides great cover and nesting sites for a variety of birds
Connecticut to Ohio and Oklahoma, south to Alabama and Florida.
Female hummingbirds usually lay two eggs which she incubates for 2 to 2 ½ weeks. After the eggs hatch, she feeds the young in the nest for about 3 weeks.
Easy to grow in full sun or part shade. Foliage grows well in shade, but plants need sun for best flowering. Adapts to a wide range of well-drained soils but prefers moist, loamy soils. Grow on a trellis or some form of support because the twining stems need something to wrap around. Blooms primarily on previous year's stems, so prune to shape after flowering.