There are nearly 180 different know honeysuckle species, most native to Europe and Asia, with only about twenty indigenous to the US. Honeysuckle is most often a vine, usually growing to a max of 20 feet. Some grow in a shrub-like form. Many species (especially those from Asia) are sold in the US for their beauty and for there attractiveness to hummingbirds.
The honeysuckle seen here is Lonicera japonica
or Japanese Honeysuckle, which is one of the two exotic invasive species of honeysuckle found growing wild in the United States (the other being the shrub Lonicera maackii
). In the eastern United States and Hawaii Lonicera japonica
is responsible for significant environmental damage, destroying and displacing native forest species.
It is easy to identify, producing potently fragrant white and yellow flowers throughout the summer months. It grows prodigiously along forest edges and semi-forested areas.
This species is still sold in nurseries. PLEASE
do your part not to further introduce exotic invasives into our environment. Educate yourself! Plant smart! Check out http://www.invasive.org/
for more information.
Now that we've legitimized ripping the reproductive organs off this plant, lets move on.