Ed Golson Outdoor Education

bush honeysuckle

Scientific Name: Lonicera maackii

Description: These plants are non-native shrubs that grow between 6 and 15 feet tall. The leaves of this plant are dark green and have a pointed tip. Along the underside of the leaf small hairs grow along the veins. Invasive bush honeysuckle can be distinguished from native honeysuckle by cutting through the stem. The fruits of these plants have yellow or red berries. Bush honeysuckle has a hollow stem whereas native honeysuckle is solid throughout.     

These plants are very adaptable and can be found in many different habitats. They are most commonly found in woodlands and along the edges of marshes.  

What's the Problem? : The bush honeysuckle is an invasive plant from Eastern Asia that was introduced here in the mid-1800's. These plants cause problems because they grow very quickly and shade out native plants. They also produce many more seeds than normal plants which allows them to spread very quickly.

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