This honeysuckle is imported from the Amur River (the worlds eighth largest river) region of southeast Russia, hence the common name. This river forms the border between the Russian Far East and Manchuria in China. L. maackii is native to the area surrounding this river.
Amur Honeysuckle was first introduced To North America around 1855. It was used as an ornamental and for wildlife food and cover. It is invasive, having escaped cultivation and is banned or prohibited in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
At this time no reference can be found for this plants use as human food or medicine!