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Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas
Swearingen, J., K. Reshetiloff, B. Slattery, and S.
Zwicker. 2002. Plant Invaders of
Japanese honeysuckle is a perennial vine that was introduced from eastern Asia during the 1800's as an ornamental, for erosion control and for wildlife cover and food. Japanese honeysuckle is extremely widespread, occurring in at least 38 states from California across southern and midwestern states to New England and the Great Lakes region. It escaped cultivation to invade cultivated and natural areas where it grows vigorously, smothering most vegetation in its path, and girdles shrubs and young trees as it twines up to reach greater light. Its evergreen nature gives it an additional advantage, allowing it to grow when most other plants are dormant. Japanese honeysuckle is a vigorous bloomer and produces abundant seed dispersed by birds.
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