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European fly honeysuckle (Lonicera xylosteum)

European fly honeysuckle Common Names: Dwarf honeysuckle

Description: Introduced to North America as an ornamental plant. This plant is mildly poisonous.

Habit: Perennial, medium-sized, deciduous, 8-10 ft tall, rounded, arching branches, medium texture, fast growth rate.

Leaves: Opposite, largest leaves 9-12+ cm long, egg-shaped, gray-green in color, gradually widening from a short petiole and concavely forming a sharp point at the tip; underside with shaggy, long, soft hairs.

Stems: Pubescent; hollow; tan to white-brown; winter buds extend out at a 45 degree angle; stout, zigzag, and slightly rough.

Flowers: Yellow-white in color; borne in pairs on peduncles that are longer than the petioles; 10-15 mm long; tubular or cup-shaped with a red "saucer" base; stems 2-4 cm long; red flower base made up of oval leaf-like bracts and usually stays attached after the petals have dropped; blooms late May through early June.

Fruit and seeds: Scarlet, spherical berries borne in pairs, usually measure 6mm (0.25 in) in diameter and ripen in the late summer to early fall.

Habitat: Native to Europe. Found in abandoned fields, forest edges, floodplains, open disturbed areas, roadsides, vacant lots, yards or gardens.

Reproduction: By seeds dispersed by birds and vegetatively.

Similar species: Bells honeysuckle (Lonicera ?bella); Morrow's honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii); Tatarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica); Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii), all of which are invasive honeysuckle species.

Monitoring and rapid response: Hand-pulling; effectively controlled by any of the several readily available general use herbicides such as glyphosate. No biological control is currently available.

Credits: The information provided in this factsheet was gathered from the National Park Service and the UConn Horticulture Plant Database.

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Common Name:

European fly honeysuckle

Scientific Name:

Lonicera xylosteum







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