Amur honeysuckle

Dipsacales > Caprifoliaceae > Lonicera maackii (Rupr.) Herder
Synonym(s): Amur bush honeysuckle

Amur honeysuckle is a multi-stemmed, upright, deciduous shrub that grows to 15 ft. (4.8 m) tall. The leaves are opposite, ovate, 2-3 in. (5.1-7.6 cm) long, 0.5-1.5 in. (1.3-3.8 cm) wide, accuminate and usually persist into winter. Often it is one of the first shrubs to leaf out in the spring. The fragrant flowers are tubular, white to yellow in color, thin-petaled and develop in May to June. In September abundant, fleshy berries ripen to red in color and often persist into the winter. Berries are 1/4 in. (0.6 cm) in diameter. Several species of exotic bush honeysuckles occur and distinguishing species can be difficult. Amur 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. Amur honeysuckle is a native of eastern Asia and was first introduced into North America in 1855. It has been planted widely as an ornamental and for wildlife food and cover.


Identification, Biology, Control and Management Resources

  • Weeds of the Week - USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area, Forest Health Protection
  • Weeds of the Week - USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Area, Forest Health Protection

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Seedling(s);
David J. Moorhead, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; December
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s); Fruit in September
Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s);
Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Bark; in December
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); Brought to south Georgia from Missouri
David J. Moorhead, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org
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Infestation; along railroad right-of-way in December
James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Control; Before control. Part of a bush honeysuckle control sereis. See images # 2132059 and 2132060 for after control images.
Troy Evans, , Bugwood.org
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Control; Immediately after control. Part of a bush honeysuckle control series. See images # 2132058 and 2132060 for other images in series.
Troy Evans, , Bugwood.org
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Control; Two days after control effort. Part of a bush honeysuckle control sereis. See images # 2132058 and 2132059 for other images in series.
Troy Evans, , Bugwood.org
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Control; Area after being treated. Notice untreated area in background.
Troy Evans, , Bugwood.org
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Invasive Reference(s):

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  • Alabama - IPC List
  • Connecticut - Noxious Weed Law
  • Georgia - EPPC list
  • Kentucky - EPPC List
  • Massachusetts - Noxious Weed Law
  • Tennessee - EPPC List
  • Tennessee - Noxious Weed Law
  • Texas - Invasive Plant List
  • Vermont - Noxious Weed Law
  • Virginia - Invasive Alien Plant Species
  • Mid-Atlantic - EPPC List
  • Invasive Plants of the Upper Midwest
  • Invasive Plant Atlas of New England
  • Invasive Plant Atlas of the Mid-South


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