non flowering vine dies off in winter comes back in spring - Knowledgebase Question

Phoenix, Ar
Question by judyphx1
July 23, 2008
I have a green vine that appeared last spring. I would like to know what it is. It died back in the winter but came back as soon as spring arrived. It has two leaves on both sides at each six inches. It is light green in color and the leaves look more like arrow heads than ivy. It doesn't seem to flower but is spreading in all directions. I would really like to know what it is. Seems to not need any special handling.

Answer from NGA
July 23, 2008


It is difficult to identify a plant without actually seeing it, but the leaf shape and placement are pretty distinctive - my educated guess is that your vine is a honeysuckle. Just to make sure, do a web search on Lonicera (the botanical name for honeysuckle). There are many varieties and you should be able to find a picture that you can compare with your volunteer vine. If it is a honeysuckle, they will grow in shade but flower best in sunshine and sometimes they need 2-3 years of growth before they have the reserves to flower.

Hope this information is helpful!

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