Lonicera japonica
Common name: 
Japanese Honeysuckle
Pronunciation: 
lon-ISS-er-a ja-PON-i-ka
Family: 
Caprifoliaceae
Genus: 
Type: 
Broadleaf
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
No
  • Evergreen to deciduous high climbing woody vine, may trail to 80 ft (24 m).  Leaves simple, opposite, ovate to elliptic to oblong, to 8 cm long and 3 cm wide, dark green, young leaves are pubescent above and below, tip acute to obtuse, base usually rounded, margin entire, and petiole to 8 mm.  Flowers are white but soon becoming pink and later yellow, fragrant, 5 stamens and one pistil.  Fruit nearly spherical, to 7 mm, green, then red and ripening to blue-black.
  • Sun or partial shade.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4.    Native to Japan, Korea, Manchuria and China.
  • Note: Considered a weedy and invasive species.  It has naturalized in much of the southeastern US and is the most pervasive invasive plant throughout southern forests.  Several eastern and mid-west states list Japanese Honeysuckle as an invasive treat to natural areas; in some states its sale is prohibited.
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  • plant habit, spring flowering

    plant habit, spring flowering

  • flowers and foliage

    flowers and foliage

  • developing flower cluster

    developing flower cluster

  • flowers

    flowers

  • flower cluster

    flower cluster

  • flower cluster

    flower cluster

  • leafy shoot

    leafy shoot

  • leaves

    leaves

  • declining flower and developing fruit cluster

    declining flower and developing fruit cluster

  • developing fruit clusters

    developing fruit clusters

  • branches and nodes, late winter

    branches and nodes, late winter