Lonicera ciliosa, commonly called orange honeysuckle or western trumpet vine. (Richie Steffen)

Lonicera ciliosa, commonly called orange honeysuckle or western trumpet vine. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: orange honeysuckle

Its orange trumpets announce spring is here, and hummingbirds are irresistibly drawn to it.

What: The bright tangerine orange trumpets of Lonicera ciliosa, commonly called orange honeysuckle or western trumpet vine, proclaim spring has arrived. Hummingbirds are irresistibly drawn to this Pacific Northwest native vine in mid-May. Quite unlike its relation, Japanese honeysuckle, which has become invasive in the eastern United States and grows aggressively, orange honeysuckle is a kinder, gentler vine that clambers lightly over shrubs. Reddish orange berries shine in late summer to early fall.

Where: Plant in a site with full sun or light to open shade. Be sure the roots are shaded and water occasionally during the summer. Dappled shade is also fine and the plants are more drought tolerant in such a situation. A rich, well-drained soil will ensure a robust, flowering vine.

Size: The vine will grow to 20 feet high in 10 years.

Care: Water occasionally.

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