Pink Honeysuckle-Looking Flowers Growing on Shrubs or Trees

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Pink Honeysuckle-Looking Flowers Growing on Shrubs or Trees
Most honeysuckle flowers are white or yellow. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

The Caprifoliaceae, or honeysuckle, family contains shrubs, small trees and herbaceous plants. Several of these trees and shrubs produce pink funnel- or trumpet-shaped flowers, such as those found on honeysuckle plants. Trees and shrubs with honeysuckle-like flowers can be deciduous or evergreen, and grow in a range of sizes and forms. Choose plants that best match the cultural conditions and U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness rating in your landscape.

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Lonicera Shrubs

Lonicera (Lonicera spp.) shrubs belong to the Caprifoliaceae family. Tartarian honeysuckle (L. tatarica) blooms with pink and white trumpet-shaped blossoms from late spring through early summer. This deciduous shrub grows to 12 feet tall with a 10-foot spread and is hardy in Zone 3 to Zone 8. It grow best in sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil. Winter honeysuckle (L. fragrantissima) blooms in the summer with pink, red and white flowers. It grows to 10 feet tall with an 8-foot spread, and has deciduous blue-green to dark green leaves. This drought-tolerant shrub is hardy in Zone 4 to Zone 8 and prefers sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil.

Other Shrubs

Other shrubs in the Caprifoliaceae family that produce honeysuckle-like blooms include the "Frances Mason" glossy abelia (Abelia x grandiflora "Frances Mason"). This broadleaved semi-evergreen grows from 3 to 4 feet tall with a similar spread and is hardy in Zone 6 to Zone 9. It prefers sun to partial shade and acidic, moist, well-drained soil. It blooms in the summer with pink trumpet-shaped flowers. The weigela (Weigela Florida) grows from 6 to 10 feet tall with an equal spread and is hardy in Zone 4 to Zone 8. This deciduous shrub thrives in sun to light shade and well-drained soil. Weigelas bloom in the late spring with pink, white and red trumpet-shaped fragrant blossoms.

Viburnum Trees

Viburnum (Viburnum spp.) trees belong to the Caprifoliaceae family. The laurestina (V. tinus) grows as a small tree and reaches heights to 20 feet. This evergreen blooms with funnel-shaped, fragrant pink and white flowers in the late winter or early spring. It has dark green foliage and produces blue drupes. Laurestina viburnums grow well in full sun to partial shade and moist soil. They are hardy to Zone 7 to Zone 10. The roundleaf laurestina (V. tinus "Robustum") also blooms with funnel-shaped, pink to white flowers. This cultivar tolerates clay, sand and acidic soils and thrives in full sun to partial shade. It grows to 20 feet tall in an erect, compact form.

Other Trees

A few other trees produce funnel-shaped pink blossoms. The oleander (Nerium oleander) grows as a small tree or large shrub to 18 feet tall and 15 feet wide. This evergreen blooms year-round with pink, aromatic blossoms. It is hardy in Zone 9 to Zone 11 and prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. All parts of the oleander are toxic. The jambolen (Syzygium cumini) flowers in the spring with funnel-shaped, fragrant white flowers that turn pink as they mature. This native of South Asia grows from 75 to 100 feet tall, with a similar spread. It has pungent evergreen foliage and produces clusters of purple to black fruits. Jambolens grow best in full sun and well-drained soil and are hardy in Zone 10B to Zone 11.

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