Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) in the Honeysuckles Database

Botanical names:
Lonicera japonica Accepted
Lonicera japonica Thunb. var. chinensis Synonym
Nintooa japonica Synonym
Lonicera japonica var. aureo-reticulata Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Vine
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Summer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Fruit is poisonous
Other: The berries are mildly toxic
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies


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Posted by bxncbx (NYC - Zone 7a) on Dec 14, 2016 6:30 PM

This plant is considered invasive in the Northeastern US. It is banned/prohibited in CT, MA, NH & VT according to the USDA.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Apr 23, 2012 12:30 PM

Honey bees get nectar and light brown/tan pollen from this plant.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Aug 8, 2018 10:31 AM

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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