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Morrow's honeysuckle
Lonicera morrowii Gray

Overview

Appearance
Lonicera morrowii is a multistemmed, upright, deciduous shrub that grows up to 8 ft. (2.5 m) tall. The bark is light brown and often pubescent on young stems. Stems are hollow.
Foliage
The grayish-green leaves are opposite, round, 2-3 in. (5.1-7.6 cm) long and hairy underneath. Often it is one of the first shrubs to leaf out in the spring.
Flowers
The fragrant paired flowers are tubular, white to cream-colored, 0.75 in. (1.9 cm) in diameter and develop from May to June.
Fruit
The abundant berries are 0.25 in. (0.6 cm) in diameter, ripen to orange or red in color, often persist throughout winter and occur on 0.5 in. (1.3 cm) pedicels.
Ecological Threat
Lonicera morrowii readily invades open woodlands, old fields, and other disturbed sites. It can spread rapidly due to birds and mammals dispersing the seeds and can form a dense understory thicket which can restrict native plant growth and tree seedling establishment. Lonicera morrowii is a native of eastern Asia and was first introduced into North America in the late 1800s. It has been planted widely as an ornamental and for wildlife food and cover.

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EDDMapS Distribution - This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts, herbaria, and literature. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org

EDDMapS Distribution

State Invasive List - This map identifies those states that list this species on their invasive species list. For more information, visit Invasive.org

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Invasive Listing Sources

Taxonomic Rank

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

Other System Links

Plants: LOMO2
GRIN: 22606
ITIS: 35299
NPDN Pest: PAYACBJ
NPDN Host: 34628

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
Morrow's bush honeysuckle

Related Scientific Names:

Lonicera insularis Gray(Synonym)

Categories

Category: Shrub or Subshrub