Tatarian honeysuckle USDA PLANTS SYMBOL: LOTA
Lonicera tatarica L.

Tartarian honeysuckle is a multi-stemmed, upright, deciduous shrub that grows up to 10 ft. (3 m) tall. The leaves are opposite, ovate, 1.5-2.5 in. (3.8-6.4 cm) long and blue-green. Often, it is one of the first shrubs to leaf out in the spring. Flowers develop in pairs in the axils of the leaves in May. Flowers are tubular and white to pink to red. The abundant berries are 1/4 in. (0.6 cm) in diameter, ripen to an orange to red color and often persist throughout winter. The bark is light gray and can often peel in vertical strips. Tartarian honeysuckle 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. Tartarian honeysuckle is a native of eastern Asia and was first introduced into North America as an ornamental in 1752.

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