Honeysuckle Facts

Overview

Honeysuckle is a plant non-native to the United States that flourished after its introduction from Asia. The plant takes the form of a bush in most species and has the ability to take over a landscape, making it an invasive pest.

Geography

The Amur and Morrow honeysuckles originally come from parts of Asia while Tatarian honeysuckle came over from Russia and Turkey in the middle of the 18th century. Honeysuckle now grows throughout most of the eastern and middle parts of the nation as well as southern regions of Canada.

Size

The typical honeysuckle bush has many older branches from which the younger branches grow. Amur honeysuckle can get to be 30 feet tall while the most other types are smaller, such as Morrow honeysuckle, which grows to 7 feet.

Flowers

Honeysuckles have tubular flowers that are normally pink or whitish before becoming yellow that grows in twos at the end of a stalk. These eventually turn into red berries.

Vines

The native honeysuckles of North America such as the trumpet and wild honeysuckle resemble the invasive honeysuckles in many facets except they grow as a vine and not as a bush.

Prevention/Solution

The bush honeysuckles will displace many native species as they overtake an area, with cutting the plant close to the ground and spraying it with a herbicide the best way to eradicate it.

References

  • Bush Honeysuckles:Ohio State University
Keywords: bush honeysuckles, invasive plants, Morrow Tatarian Amur

About this Author

John Lindell has written articles for "The Greyhound Review" and various other online publications. A Connecticut native, his work specializes in sports, fishing and nature. Lindell worked in greyhound racing for 25 years.