Tatarian honeysuckle

(Lonicera tatarica)

Conservation Status
Tatarian honeysuckle
 
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

NNA - Not applicable

SNA - Not applicable

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
Weed Status
   
 

Invasive

     
           
Wetland Indicator Status
     
  Great Plains

FACU - Facultative upland

     
  Midwest

FACU - Facultative upland

     
  Northcentral & Northeast

FACU - Facultative upland

     
           
 
Description
 
 

Tatarian honeysuckle is an erect, 3 to 10 tall, perennial shrub that rises from shallow roots. It sometimes forms dense thickets.

The branches are straight and hollow. They are light green and covered with soft, fine, short hairs when young. Older branches have shaggy, grayish-brown bark.

The leaves are opposite, untoothed, egg-shaped to oblong, widest below the middle, and 1 to 2 long. They are bluish-green on the upper surface. The lower surface is hairless.

The flowers occur in pairs arising from leaf axils. They are pinkish white and do not turn yellow with age.

The infructescence is a pair of red or orange berries.

 
     
 

Height

 
 

3 to 10

 
     
 

Flower Color

 
 

Pinkish white

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
 

Aside from northern bush honeysuckle, all honeysuckles native to Minnesota are vine-like, not shrubs, and have twining branches.

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii), another non-native species, has white flowers that turn yellow with age. The underside of the leaf is densely hairy. The fruit is always red, never orange.

 
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Deciduous woodland borders, thickets, fence rows, disturbed areas. Full sun to partial shade.

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Flowering

 
 

May to June

 
     
 

Pests and Diseases

 
 

Honeysuckle aphid (Hyadaphis tataricae) causes a witches’ broom of stunted leaf and stem growth at the end of shoots.

 
     
 
Use
 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 22, 28.

 
  5/22/2020      
         
 

Nativity

 
 

Native to eastern Europe and Asia. Introduced and naturalized into the United States and Canada.

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Magnoliopsida (dicots)  
  Subclass Caryophyllidae  
  Superorder Asteranae  
 

Order

Dipsacales (honeysuckles, moschatels, and allies)  
 

Family

Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle)  
  Subfamily Caprifolioideae  
 

Genus

Lonicera (honeysuckle)  
  Subgenus Lonicera  
  Section Lonicera  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

 

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Lonicera sibirica

Lonicera tatarica var. latifolia

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

bush honeysuckle

Tartarian honeysuckle (common misspelling)

Tatarian honeysuckle

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Axil

The upper angle where the leaf stalk meets the stem.

       
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