* Leaves opposite, ovate, elliptic
to lance-shaped, dark green above and lighter beneath, with nonrounded
* Flowers white to yellow, 1".
* Fruits red, shiny, translucent berries, 1/4".
* Height: To 12'.
* Flowers May - June.
* Fruits in October.
* Habitat: Shrub borders, meadows, waste places.
* Range: Eastern United States.
* Introduced from Manchuria and Korea in the mid-nineteenth century.
* Birds love the brilliant red berries of the Amur honeysuckle; they
carry the seeds and disperse them in hedges, borders, and waste places,
where the shrub quickly takes over. Many insects feed on the nectar
of the flowers.
* Invasive, non-native species like this shrub lack natural
enemies like herbivores in their North American range and are
displacing native species. When you have the chance, plant native
species and avoid invaders like the Amur honeysuckle.