General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: Twines and climbs, 12 to 30 feeet
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Small, spherical black berries, each containing a few seeds.
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Other: Fading to yellow
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Erosion control
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Flowers
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Fruit is poisonous
Other: The berries are mildly toxic
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies

Common names
  • Japanese Honeysuckle
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Lonicera japonica
  • Synonym: Lonicera japonica var. aureo-reticulata
  • Synonym: Lonicera japonica Thunb. var. chinensis
  • Synonym: Nintooa japonica

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  • Posted by LoriMT (Dawsonville, GA - Zone 7b) on Mar 7, 2022 9:45 AM concerning plant:
    Found so commonly throughout Georgia that it is considered an "heirloom", Lonicera japonica is actually an invasive species that smothers and chokes out native plants. Lonicera japonica is a category 1 invasive plant in Georgia.
  • Posted by bxncbx (NYC - Zone 7a) on Dec 14, 2016 6:30 PM concerning plant:
    This plant is considered invasive in the Northeastern US. It is banned/prohibited in CT, MA, NH & VT according to the USDA.
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 23, 2012 12:30 PM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get nectar and light brown/tan pollen from this plant.
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 8, 2018 10:31 AM concerning plant:
    This species is native not only to Japan, but also to China and Korea. It should have stayed there. I know it has pretty leaves and nice, very fragrant white flowers. However, it is rampant growing, getting all over everything. It is a very invasive plant, as some birds will eat the black berries and poop them around. It is so horribly common in the Mid-Atlantic, where it creates very messy growth all over shrubs, trees, and structures. It can kill off smaller, younger woody plants by girdling and covering them over. It takes a long time to clear it off something by pruning. It is like a noxious parasite. Unfortunately, some conventional nurseries are still selling the 'Halls' cultivar of this thing.
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dragonfetti On October 13, 2014 Obtained plant
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WebTucker On April 29, 2022 Bloomed
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