Over 180 species of honeysuckle vines and shrubs exist worldwide. More than 100 of these are native to Asia, where the Chineese use them in medicine. In Europe, Shakespeare referred to the local species of honeysuckle as woodbine in his plays. In North America, imported species of honeysuckle are widely considered both a decorative ornamental and an invasive weed. The Lonicera Tatarica species is grown by gardeners and landscapers as an ornamental shrub.
The Lonicera Tatarica is more commonly known as the Tatarian Honeysuckle, Hack's Red Tatarian Honeysuckle, or Arnold Red Honeysuckle. It is sold by nurseries as a landscaping shrub, and some gardeners grow it for its double display of flowers in spring and berries in summer. The plant requires full sun to partial shade. Tatarian Honeysuckle tolerates a wide range of soil, making it easy to grow
Lonicera Tatarica is classified as a shrub. The plant is known for tall, arching branches that average 10 feet high, but may reach as tall as twelve feet. The bush may have a circumference of eight feet. Its leaves are two inch long and egg-shaped. They are dark green and deciduous, which means that they fall off of the shrub in winter.
This plant is characterized by bright pink, purple or fuchsia flowers that bloom in May. The flowers have a subtle fragrance and are trumpet shaped. According to the website portlandnursery.com, the flowers resemble butterflies. In august the plant bears red berries that have many seeds. These plants are often propagated by birds that eat the berries and transport the seeds.
According to the USDA, the Lonicera Tatarica is hearty within the temperate growing zones ranging from four to ten. It is grown across most of the northern United States, the eastern and central Canadian provinces and Alaska. In some states, the plant spreads rapidly and is so hearty that it crowds out native plant species. Because of this, some states have classified it as a weed.
In addition to the hearty qualities and pleasing appearance of the plant, Lonicera Tatarica is known to attract butterflies and birds to the garden. This makes it a good choice for planting in your nature, butteryfly or bird garden. Lonicera Tatarica is also known as tolerant to deer and other wildlife that may browse on the plant.