Amur Honeysuckle – Lonicera maackii

Amur Honeysuckle flowers
Amur Honeysuckle flowers

This bush honeysuckle is a native of eastern Asia first imported to North America in 1855 as food and shelter for wild animals. It has since escaped cultivation and is considered an invasive species in most places. Even though it is considered invasive here on North America, in Japan it is considered Endangered. Good substitutes to plant in its place are winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata), red or black chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia, A. melanocarpa), bayberry (Myrica pensylvanica), arrow-wood (Viburnumrecognitum or V. dentatum), wild hydrangea (Hydrangea arborescens), ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius), spicebush (Lindera benzoin), blackhaw (Viburnum prunifolium), silky dogwood (Cornus racemosa), or buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis).

The berries are eaten and greatly enjoyed by birds. They then help the spread of this plant through much of the eastern part of the continent through their excretment.

The berries are reported to be mildly poisonous, although no description of symptoms or toxic principle could be found referenced. Like with Japanese Honeysuckle, children will pull the flowers off of the bush to suck the nectar


To see my former blog on this plant check out…

To see the last time I blogged about this plant check here!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mike on June 19, 2012 at 1:59 am

    good I’ll look at your blog but for now these are a pain in the hands because they are all over the back yard and i try to kill them but they come back so i then dug the stumps out of the ground
    if this is the one i have they have like tan wood and its hard but hollow in the middle i would say to anyone don’t plant them or even transplant any of them because they spread so bad i like the honeysuckle vines better because they have the juice these ones don’t cause i couldn’t get any out and the flowers of the bush kind are shorter then the vine kind and the vine kind has orange & white flowers that are taller and not short and that even better and the vine kind is more easier to kill just pull it out it doesn’t call for a saw or rose clippers like these honeysuckle bushes do and they have big hard roots and a long tap root the bush type does.


  2. Posted by Mike on June 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    i have a ? do you know anything about the butterfly-weed flower plants
    because i went out and dug one up and i did get all of the roots &
    tap root, but now its been a week that i have had it and the leaves
    now are turning yellow and some of the flower heads are wilted is this
    something i shouldn’t worry about & theirs only 2 flower clusters that
    are opened up right now and the rest of them are wilted over

    but one other thing tho their was 2 tap roots connected when i was
    digging it up and i noticed that and it was growing in a tight spot
    under a sidewalk so that left me with only one choice so what i had to
    do was cut the longest one that was growing underneath the sidewalk
    and save the other main tap root that is shorter and with the smaller roots on it
    and this maybe why most are wilted and then only 2 clusters of bright orange
    flowers and the leaves are yellow on the lower half of the plant i think
    this is the problem with it and why its wilting and why the leaves are yellowing

    and i think that the butterfly weed flower grows how the “wild orange lily” does
    i think it may make new fresh plants from the roots and plus it makes the seed pods
    so i don’t think mine will die I’ve just been trying to keep the roots of the butterfly weed flower wet and moist so that they can start to regrow in the new spot i put them
    i want it to stay alive so i can get the seeds and spread them in other places thats not just by the roads and stuff i would like to see these growing in other places and not just on the sides of highways you know and im in zone4 or 5 between those to
    i don’t think much people like native wild flowers like i do.


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