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Honeysuckle


Classification:

Family:  Caprifoliaceae
Genus, species:  Lonicera maackii 

Leaves:
Leaves are 2 to 3 inches long, 1 inch wide.

Flowers:
Flowers are produced in pairs, 1 inch long, white or yellow, produce sweet nectar.

Fruit:
Fruit is a bright red berry, contains numerous seeds. Birds readily disperse seeds by eating fruit.

Common Uses and Interesting Facts:
Honeysuckle is a non-native and invasive plant species. It can form dense thickets in the forest understory where it outcompetes native plants. It is native to China, Japan, Korea, and southeastern Russia. It is grown in the United States as an ornamental plant, but it is illegal to plant honeysuckle in some parts of the U.S.

More Information:

The genus name Lonicera is named for Adam Lonitzer, a 16th century German physician and botanist.  The species name maackii is named for Richard Maack, a 19th century Russian naturalist.

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