Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)

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Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)

Amur Honeysuckle is a highly invasive large shrub or small tree from China that is still rare in the Durham, NC area. The easiest place to find it is the border of the Bio-Sci parking lot at Duke. The simple, opposite leaves have long, tapered tips. Like Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), the fragrant flowers turn from white to yellowish as they age. They bloom in late April.

Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)

The flowers are 5-parted. The top 4 petals are fused together, unlike the similar Morrow's Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii), another exotic invasive shrub.

This one's being pollinated by another exotic species - European Honeybee (Apis mellifera), whose populations are kept in check by an exotic species of mite (Varroa jacobsoni) from Asia!

Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)

Copious amounts of red fruits are produced, which are gobbled up and spread by birds.

Chapel Hill, NC 11/13/2005.

Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) flowers

Close-up of flowers.

Chapel Hill, NC 5/2/09.

Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)

Bark is deeply fissured and peels off in strips.

Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii)

A large specimen, about 12' tall.

Durham, NC 4/14/2011.

More information:
Missouri Plants
University of Connecticut
Virginia Tech Dendrology

Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina

All photographs and text ©2011 by Will Cook unless otherwise indicated.