Standish's honeysuckle
Lonicera standishii Jacques


Lonicera standishii is an upright, shallow-rooted deciduous shrub that grows up to about 8 ft (2.4 m) tall. It is the only nonnative honeysuckle with a solid pith. It has pale, shredding bark. L. standishii is native to temperate Asia.
The opposite leaves are ovate to oblong with smooth, rolled down margins. They have a blunt or short pointed tip. The leaves right below the inflorescence encircle the stem.
The white flowers are showy and fragrant. It blooms from February to March.
Fruit are bright red berries, about 0.25 in (0.6 cm) in diameter. The berries are eaten and spread by wildlife.
Ecological Threat
L. standishii invades a variety of habitats, displacing native shrubs and herbaceous plants, and limiting tree regeneration. It leafs out early and remains green longer than many native plants. L. standishii can deplete soil moisture and nutrients. It is allelopathic, so it can inhibit the growth of nearby plants.

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Genus: Lonicera
Subject: Lonicera standishii Jacques


Plants - Shrub or Subshrub