Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) in the Honeysuckles Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 10 to 20 feet
Plant Spread: 10 to 20 feet
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Toxicity: Fruit is poisonous
Other: The berries are mildly toxic


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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 20, 2018 9:37 PM

Unfortunately, this east Asian invasive shrub is the most common shrub in southeast Pennsylvania and the second in northeast Illinois. I enjoy cutting them down to pieces in the woods and then axing the base. It looks alright for awhile in spring with its young foliage and white flowers, but after that it is definitely ugly and twiggy and sort of smelly. The little red berries are not very nutritious for American birds. It is also a weed shrub growing in abandoned alleys, yards, and waste places. It should be declared as a noxious weed and destroyed. It was brought over in the 1800's with other shrub honeysuckles of northeast Asia to be an ornamental plant.

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Posted by chelle (N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b) on Oct 11, 2011 6:59 AM

Bush Honeysuckle Amur (Lonicera maackii) is listed as an invasive plant. It shades and crowds out native plants that would provide higher protein food sources for wildlife.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on May 5, 2012 3:40 PM

The Asian exotic Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii [Rupr.] Herder) has become the dominant shrub in many forests in southwestern Ohio and in some other locations in the eastern United States. When Lonicera becomes abundant, future structure and composition of forests could be affected and local populations of herbs threatened. [Hutchinson, Todd F.; Vankat, John L. 1997. Invasibility and Effects of Amur Honeysuckle in Southwestern Ohio Forests. Conservation Biology. 11(5): 1117-1124.]

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Oct 9, 2012 6:21 PM

This bush-type honeysuckle is considered to be invasive and has taken over several wild areas on my property in just 6 years.
It grows and spreads very fast.

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Posted by cwhitt (Central Ohio 43016 - Zone 6a) on Feb 20, 2018 3:22 PM

I have mixed feelings about Amur Honeysuckle. It is considered an invasive and noxious plant here in Ohio, and I just heard that it is now banned from sale here. It does seem to have taken over along the parking lot of my workplace, and it crowds out other plants. People are encouraged to destroy it if they find it growing. On the flip side of that, it makes a nice barrier hedge, smells good when in bloom, and keeps its berries into winter (which the birds will not eat). It is quite a beautiful sight to see when the snow coats the red berries.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Tree by MarineCory Nov 20, 2019 5:26 PM 5
NC bush with red berries in fall by Mpardue Oct 23, 2019 5:37 PM 7
Small Tree or Shrub with Red Berries by blue23rose Sep 21, 2019 12:01 PM 12
This bush has bloomed and still trying to figure out what it is? by Amom41612614 May 16, 2019 11:39 AM 3
What's this wild shrub? by Clearsky May 1, 2019 10:32 AM 4
What is this brush, and how to kill roots? by bigpig Nov 1, 2018 5:35 PM 14
new plant by gardenhugs Sep 8, 2018 9:44 PM 5
I need information on this plant by Theotherguy Nov 18, 2017 7:36 PM 9
Can anyone ID this tree w/ berries, in Ohio? by cwhitt Sep 10, 2017 6:56 PM 22
Wild shrub ID please by McCannon Aug 23, 2017 7:14 AM 9

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