Plant ID forum: Help IDing climbing plant

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Jan 8, 2017 5:04 AM CST
I've got a climbing plant in the garden which is twisting round other plants and is on my next door neighbour's side too. My gut feeling is I don't like what it's doing to the other plants so to chop it back. But I'd like to know what I'm dealing with (ie. could it be something nice if kept under control... or not)? Our house was once owned by a keen gardener but the previous owners let it get a bit out of control. I'm in the West Midlands.

It's got leaves in January, opposite, glossy green on the top, curled over with a narrow point, dull on the bottom. There's a big patch near ground level and then it's climbing tightly wrapping round other plants in a habit similar to bindweed. It has a red stem and blue-purple berries.

Any ideas? The closest thing I've found on the internet so far is Japanese honeysuckle.

Thank you!

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Name: Feng Xiao Long
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Jan 8, 2017 10:00 AM CST
Hi. Its looks like honeysucle. Maybe coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) ?

What colour the flower are ?

Name: John
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Jan 8, 2017 10:50 AM CST
That's definitely a vining Lonicera species, but not Lonicera sempervirens (which has red fruit, not blue/black).

It could be Japanese Honeysuckle, or a host of other hybrids. You may have to wait until you see it blooming to determine more absolutely its identity.
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Jan 8, 2017 1:53 PM CST
Just a thought.
Could the blue fruit belong to a different plant that has intertwined?
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Jan 8, 2017 2:58 PM CST
Izy is in the UK so to be L. sempervirens it would have had to be planted because it's a North American native. I would think it's more likely to be Japanese honesuckle which is grown there. If the blue fruits belong to the ID plant then it's not the native (there) L. periclymenum because that also has red berries.

Jan 8, 2017 3:56 PM CST
Thanks all for your knowledgeable responses. I am fairly sure the blue-ish berries do belong to the plant in question. Very helpful to confirm that it's a honeysuckle.

From what I've read Japanese honeysuckle can be a thug, which would fit with its behaviour! I've cut back the bits that were smothering other plants and left the rest for now. I'll keep an eye on it and see if it flowers... if I let it get that far! It's been far too warm in the UK so far this winter and everything is already growing...

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