Appearance:Upright deciduous shrubs, 5 -12' high. Bell's honeysuckle (Lonicera x bella) is a horticultural hybrid. Older stems have shaggy bark and are often hollow.
Leaves: Opposite, simple, oval, and untoothed. Tartarian (L. tatarica) has smooth, hairless leaves, Morrow's honeysuckle (L. morrowii) has downy leaves. Amur honeysuckle (L. maackii) leaves come to a long, sharp point.
Flowers: Fragrant, tubular, bloom in May and June, white, red, but most often pink.
Fruit: Fruits are red or yellow, situated in pairs in the leaf axils.
Roots: Roots are fibrous and shallow.
- Identification Resources
- To distinguish native and non-native honeysuckles: Mistaken Identity - Invasive Plants and their Native Look-Alikes
- Video on identifying bush honeysuckles (UW Extension)
- Minnesota Noxious Weeds (MN DOT)
- Guide to non-native bush honeysuckles (MNDOT)
- MISIN Honeysuckle identification training modules
- Management Resources
- Fact Sheets
- Brochure on Invasive Exotic Shrub Honeysuckles (WI DNR)
- US Forest Service Bell's Honeysuckle Fact Sheet
- US Forest Service Amur Honeysuckle Fact Sheet
- US Forest Service Exotic Bush Honeysuckle Fact Sheet
- US Forest Service Japanese Honeysuckle Fact Sheet
- Wisconsin DNR Amur Honeysuckle
- Wisconsin DNR Bell's Honeysuckle
- Wisconsin DNR Morrow's Honeysuckle
- Wisconsin DNR Tartarian Honeysuckle
- Plant Conservation Alliance Fact Sheet (Bush Honeysuckles)
- Plant Conservation Alliance Fact Sheet (Japanese Honeysuckle)