Problem Plant: Bush Honeysuckle

Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.)   

These Eurasian honeysuckles were introduced in the mid- to late-1800s as ornamentals for erosion control and wildlife cover. Although still sold in nurseries, their aggressive growth habit no longer makes planting them a good choice.

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Tags: Amur, Bell, Morrow, and Tatarian Honeysuckles are invasive, Invade fields, forests, and urban areas, Form dense thickets in forest understory, shading out native vegetation, Transform prairies into scrub, High germination rate of seeds dispersed by birds and small mammals, Infestations from root sprouts, Compete with natives for pollinators, Popular with birds, but do not provide high-fat content of native berries for migration, Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum), Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa), Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus floridus), Inkberry (Ilex glabra), Red Chokeberry (Aronia arbutifolia), Spicebush (Lindera benzoin), Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris), Winterberry Holly (Ilex verticillata), Ornamental shrub with fragrant flowers and showy fruit