Tatarian honeysuckle USDA PLANTS Symbol: LOTA
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Shrub or Subshrub
Lonicera tatarica L.

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Dipsacales: Caprifoliaceae
Native Range: Temp. Asia & Europe (GRIN);

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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Plant(s);
Patrick Breen, Oregon State University, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s); Immature fruits of Tatarian honeysuckle
Joseph O'Brien, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Fruit(s); Fruits of Tatarian honeysuckle.
Joseph O'Brien, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
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Foliage; Tatarian honeysuckle, Lonicera tatarica; entire plant is glabrous except for fine hairs on leaf margins (may require hand lens) - fruit may be orange or red; leaf bases often truncate
Rob Routledge, Sault College, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Patrick Breen, Oregon State University, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
Patrick Breen, Oregon State University, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); in flower
Patrick Breen, Oregon State University, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
Patrick Breen, Oregon State University, Bugwood.org
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Seed(s);
Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 3: 282.
USDA PLANTS Database, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
USDA PLANTS Database, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
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State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

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U.S. National Parks where reported invasive:
Antietam National Battlefield (Maryland)
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (Maryland, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia)
Colonial National Historical Park (Virginia)
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (Indiana)
Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway (Wisconsin)
Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)



Invasive Listing Sources:
City of Ann Arbor Michigan Parks and Recreation
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, 1994.
Connecticut Invasive Plant Working Group
Delaware Natural Resources and Environmental Control, 2004
Faith Campbell, 1998
Hoffman, R. & K. Kearns, Eds. 1997. Wisconsin manual of control recommendations for ecologically invasive plants. Wisconsin Dept. Natural Resources, Bureau of Endangered Resources. Madison, Wisconsin. 102pp.
Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society
Invasive Plant Council of New York State
Jil M. Swearingen, Survey of invasive plants occurring on National Park Service lands, 2000-2007
John Randall, The Nature Conservancy, Survey of TNC Preserves, 1995.
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council
Maryland Cooperative Extension Service.  2003. Invasive Plant Control in Maryland. Home and Garden Information Center, Home and Garden Mimeo HG88. 4 pp.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 1994
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2005
New Hampshire Invasive Species Committee. 2005. Guide to Invasive Upland Plant Species in New Hampshire. New Hampshire Department of Agriculture,  Markets and Food Plant Industry Division and New Hampshire Invasive Species Committee.
New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry, 2004
Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, Pennsylvania.
Reichard, Sarah. 1994.  Assessing the potential of invasiveness in woody plants introduced in North America. University of Washington Ph.D. dissertation.
Rhode Island Natural History Society,
Tatyana Livschultz, Pennsylvania survey of invasive plants,
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2009