Japanese Honeysuckle

Lonicera japonica

The Japanese Honeysuckle is a species of honeysuckle native to eastern Asia including China, Japan and Korea. It is a twining vine able to climb up to 10 metres high or more in trees, with opposite, simple oval leaves 3–8 centimetres long and 2–3 centimetres broad.
Japanese Honeysuckle at Quiet Waters Park This is a picture of Japanese Honeysuckle at Quiet Waters Park near Annapolis, Maryland. Geotagged,Japanese Honeysuckle,Lonicera japonica,Summer,United States

Appearance

The flowers are double-tongued, opening white and fading to yellow, and sweetly vanilla scented. The fruit is a globose dark blue berry 5–8 millimetres diameter containing numerous seeds.
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Distribution

Japanese Honeysuckle has become naturalized in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand and much of the United States, including Hawaii, as well as a number of Pacific and Caribbean islands.

In the United States Japanese Honeysuckle is classified as a noxious weed in Texas, Illinois, and Virginia, and is banned in New Hampshire. It grows extremely rapidly in parts of America such as southwestern Ohio and is virtually impossible to control in naturalized woodland edge zones due to its rapid spread via tiny fruit seeds. It forms a tall dense woody shrub layer that aggressively displaces native plants. It is also very difficult to manage in semi-wild areas, such as in large rural yards.

It is listed on the New Zealand National Pest Plant Accord as an unwanted organism.
Honeysuckle Taken near Dove Cottage, Lake District, UK. Common Honeysuckle,Dove Cottage,Geotagged,Japanese Honeysuckle,Lonicera japonica,Summer,United Kingdom,contest

Uses

This species is often sold by American nurseries as the cultivar 'Hall's Prolific' . It is an effective groundcover, and has pleasant, strong-smelling flowers. It can be cultivated by seed, cuttings, or layering. In addition, it will spread itself via shoots if given enough space to grow.

In both its native and introduced range, Japanese Honeysuckle can be a significant source of food for deer, rabbits, hummingbirds and other wildlife.

The cultivar 'Halliana' and the variety ''L. japoinica'' var. ''repens'' have both gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassEudicots
OrderDipsacales
FamilyCaprifoliaceae
GenusLonicera
SpeciesL. japonica