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Lonicera tatarica

Lonicera tatarica L.

Lonicera sibirica Georgi nom. nud.

Lonicera tatarica L. var. latifolia Loudon

Tatarian Honeysuckle

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderDipsacalesIncludes viburnum, honeysuckle, snowberry, beautybush, twinflower, many others
FamilyCaprifoliaceaeHoneysuckle family
GenusLoniceraEither Latin for honeysuckle, though this is not a “true” honeysuckle; or named for Adam Lonitzer (1528-1586), a German herbalist, physician and botanist who wrote a standard herbal text that was reprinted many times between 1557 and 1783
SpeciestataricaTartaria was the name for a great tract of northern and central Asia

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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:

 

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

6/27/2013 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 3 × 2" (8.3 × 5.5 cm)

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

5/9/2012 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm)

 
Lonicera fragrantissima

Lonicera japonica

Lonicera sempervirens
Common 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
Range/ Zones

USDA Zones: 4-8

USDA Zones: 4-9
Type Wild Wild Wild
Occurrence      

 

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Lonicera tatarica

Justicia spicigera
Common Name

Tatarian Honeysuckle

Mexican Honeysuckle
Plant Densely branched shrub, up to 10-12' (3-3.7 m) around 3-4' (91-121 cm) high and 4-6' (1.2-1.8 m) around
Flowers Pairs of flowers, each about ¾" (1.9 cm) around, may be white, pink, or rose. Each flower has five spatula-shaped, somewhat unruly-looking petals, and five anthers Bright orange, tubular in shape
Leaves 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 Roughly oval, soft and velvety, up to 3" (7.6 cm) long
Fruit Berries are orange to red, about ¼" (6.3 mm) in diameter, often lasting through the winter  
Range/ Zones

USDA Zones: 9-10
Type Wild Wild
Occurrence Common to invasive  

 

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.)

Online References:

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 (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

7/11/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, near NH Line, Dunstable, MA
≈ 20 × 13" (50 × 33 cm)

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

6/26/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm) ID is uncertain

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

5/7/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 3½ × 2½" (9.8 × 6.6 cm)

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

5/4/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, East Pepperell, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm) ID is uncertain

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

6/11/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 8 × 5" (20 × 13 cm) ID is uncertain

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

5/7/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm)

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

8/6/2009 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, MA
≈ 4½ × 3½" (11 × 9.2 cm)

Lonicera tatarica description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

6/30/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 6 × 5" (16 × 12 cm) ID is uncertain

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

8/4/2009 · Near Nashoba Hospital, Ayer, MA
≈ 14 × 10" (36 × 24 cm)

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

8/4/2009 · Near Nashoba Hospital, Ayer, MA
≈ 30 × 20" (75 × 50 cm)

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

9/18/2009 · Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, ME
≈ 13 × 9" (33 × 22 cm) ID is uncertain

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

5/4/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, East Pepperell, MA
≈ 4½ × 3" (11 × 7.9 cm) ID is uncertain

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

8/4/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 4½ × 7" (11 × 17 cm)

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

5/11/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Pepperell, MA
≈ 3½ × 2½" (9.2 × 6.5 cm)

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

5/7/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm)

Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle)

These honeysuckle “raisins” resulted from a very dry summer. · 9/21/2010 · Unquetynasset Brook, Nashua River Rail Trail, Dunstable, MA
≈ 5 × 3½" (13 × 9.2 cm) ID is uncertain

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