Tatarian honeysuckle

(Lonicera tatarica)

Conservation Status
Tatarian honeysuckle
  IUCN Red List

not listed


NNA - Not applicable

SNA - Not applicable


not listed

Weed Status

Restricted Noxious Weed

Tatarian honeysuckle is listed as an invasive terrestrial plant by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Wetland Indicator Status
  Great Plains

FACU - Facultative upland


FACU - Facultative upland

  Northcentral & Northeast

FACU - Facultative upland


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.




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.


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




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.




Distribution Map



2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 22, 28, 29, 30.




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





  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 (flowering plants)  
  Subclass Caryophyllidae  
  Superorder Asteranae  


Dipsacales (honeysuckles, moschatels, and allies)  


Caprifoliaceae (honeysuckle)  
  Subfamily Caprifolioideae  


Lonicera (honeysuckles)  
  Subgenus Lonicera  
  Section Lonicera  

Subordinate Taxa






Lonicera sibirica

Lonicera tatarica var. latifolia


Common Names


bush honeysuckle

Tartarian honeysuckle (common misspelling)

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The upper angle where the leaf stalk meets the stem.

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  Tatarian honeysuckle (Bush honeysuckle) (Lonicera tatarica L.)
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