Lonicera tatarica L.
Lonicera sibirica Georgi nom. nud.
Lonicera tatarica L. var. latifolia Loudon
Tatarian honeysuckle is native to central Asia through southern Russia. Introduced to North America as an ornamental, this aggressive plant has become naturalized and widespread, and is a borderline invasive in some regions.
Here are some honeysuckles:
|Name||Winter Honeysuckle||Japanese Honeysuckle||Trumpet Honeysuckle|
|Plant||Shrubs are 3-9½' (1-3 m) around||A vine up to 16' (5 m) in size. Young stems are reddish- or light-brown, while older stems are hollow, with peeling bark||Trumpet honeysuckle is a twining vine 3-20' (91-609 cm) long, depending upon what it has to climb over. Bark is orange-brown, and peeling.|
|Flowers||Blooms are a creamy white color, in pairs, appearing in March-April, and very fragrant, with a lemony smell||Flowers are white, showy, fragrant, about 1" (2.5 cm) in size. They fade to a yellow color, so the vine appears to have white and yellow flowers||In clusters of 2-4, each red or orange with yellow interiors, 1-2" (2.5-5 cm) long, trumpet-shaped. They appear from April to July.|
|Leaves||Leaves are opposite, roughly oval, with smooth edges||Leaves are opposite, roughly oval-shaped, with smooth edges. Younger leaves may have lobes||Roughly oval in shape, opposite, bluish green, and 1-3" (2.5-7.6 cm) long. Leaves at the base of flowers are fused at the base.|
|Fruit||Orange to red berries up to ⅜" (1 cm) across||Black, about ⅛" (3.2 mm) around||Berries are orange-red to deep red in color|
USDA Zones: 4-8
USDA Zones: 4-9
USDA Zones: 9-10
Identification: This honeysuckle grows into a large, densely branched shrub, up to 10-12' (3-3.7 m) around. Leaves are oval in shape, with smooth edges and a bluish cast, 1½-2½" (3.8-6.3 cm) long × 1-1½" (2.5-3.8 cm) wide, in opposite pairs. Pairs of flowers, each about ¾" (1.9 cm) around, may be white, pink, or rose in color. Each flower has five spatula-shaped, somewhat unruly-looking petals, and five anthers. Berries are orange to red, about ¼" (6.3 mm) in diameter, often lasting through the winter. (By contrast, Japanese honeysuckle has small black berries.)
Lonicera tatarica at Illinois Wildflowers
Lonicera tatarica at the University of Connecticut Plant Database
Lonicera tatarica on Forestry Images
Lonicera tatarica on Invasive.org, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
Lonicera tatarica at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium
Lonicera tatarica on CalPhotos
Lonicera tatarica at the Alaska Natural Heritage Program, University of Alaska
Lonicera tatarica description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 13 Apr 2012.