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Morrow's Honeysuckle Lonicera morrowii


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Morrow's Honeysuckle
© Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut/

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Family: Caprifoliaceae, Honeysuckle view all from this family

Description Introduced. A hollow-twigged erect shrub that is widely considered a noxious or invasive pest.
Height: 12' (3.6 m).
Leaves: 1-2 1/2" (2.5-6.5 cm) long; opposite; ovate; with downy hairs.
Flowers: tubular; in pairs; white, hairy corollas turn yellow; hairy filaments (stamen stalks); fragrant.
Fruit: red berry.

Habitat Mainly open, disturbed habitats, such as fencerows, old fields, and roadsides, but also colonizes open woodlands and edges.

Range Eurasia native; escaped from cultivation and naturalized in the eastern United States, from Maine to Wisconsin and south to South Carolina and Arkansas, and in Wyoming and Colorado in the West.

Discussion Several Eurasian honeysuckles introduced to the United States for cultivation are aggressive colonizers that have escaped into natural habitats and threaten native plants. One way to distinguish these exotic invaders from native shrubby honeysuckles is by their hollow twigs. Morrow's Honeysuckle is classified as a noxious weed in several states; there are programs underway throughout the East for eradicating it from the landscape.