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Last June I bought a vine on sale. It was labeled Lonicera Major Wheeler. That’s a Honeysuckle vine with bright red blooms. It grew like crazy, covering an old childs bedspring and part of my fence very quickly but I got no blooms. This year the leaves look nothing like a honeysuckle vine and new growth is coming up ONLY from the ground, not on old growth like my Dropmore Scarlet. What IS it? I googled and searched and finally decided I need to go back to the place I bought it and show the picture I took. Well, I went to THREE nurseries and none of them knew what it was. However, two of the three figured it was a grafted plant and the one that grew last year was NOT the hardy one!
Right now, I’m thinking it either was mislabeled and it’s a Japanese Honeysuckle, or they used the graft of a Japanese honeysuckle. Their new growth leaves can look like little oak leaves which is what mine look like. Word on that street is that Lonicera japonica is a thug and completely unwelcome in our gardens. HOWEVER, I’m going to let it grow and see what happens! I’ll keep you posted.
And here’s another plant that I’ve been trying to identify! I asked at each of the 3 nurseries and they didn’t know either but they ALL decided it was a weed! It had some pretty decent roots. I dug it up and stuck it behind the garage. It looks like there may be more back there. The younger leaves were bi-colored but as it aged they turned all green. The pics below are from April and May 2017.
If you know what this is, please, contact me. email@example.com or on my facebook page. the link is above. Thank you!! I love a mystery!!