Giant Burmese Honeysuckle
Most honeysuckles are valued for their clustered or paired, often fragrant flowers. Blossoms are tubular in form. Some have two flaring, unequal lips; others are trumpets or straight tubes, sometimes flaring at the mouth into five equal lobes. Flowers attract hummingbirds, and the red or purple berries that follow provide food for many other kinds of birds. Blossoms typically deepen in color after opening, so clusters contain both pale and darker blooms.
From China. Fast-growing vine to 30 ft., with 4–6-in., oval, glossy dark green leaves on ropelike stems. Bears fragrant, 6–7-in., two-lipped, summer flowers that open white, then turn yellow to dull orange; blossoms are slow to drop. May bear dark green berries. Thin out older stems occasionally and remove some of the growth that has bloomed. Striking along eaves or on an arbor or wall. Needs sturdy support.
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