Invasive Honeysuckles

A close up of plants with small, rounded bright green leaves. The plant has white flowers clustered throughout. The flowers have long thin tubes made of the petals at the base. The petals have two clumps at the top and one long petal at the bottom.

Other names: Japanese Honeysuckle, Chinese Honeysuckle, Hall’s Honeysuckle, Family: Caprifoliaceae, Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)

Where did it come from?

Invasive honeysuckles were initially introduced in the late 1800s as ornamental plants. Later they were used for erosion control and wildlife cover.

Why is it invasive?

Invasive honeysuckle vines grow rapidly and cover large areas. They shade out plants growing underneath them and can girdle or pull down trees.

How do you prevent its spread?

Remove invasive honeysuckle from your property. After spending time in the woods, clean your clothes and boots and throw away any seeds.

Resources:

Asian Bush Honeysuckle

Species assessment Japanese honeysuckle

Species assessment amur honeysuckle

Species assessment Morrow’s honeysuckle

Species assessment tatarian honeysuckle

Species assessment Bell’s honeysuckle

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Image credit: Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org