Shrub Leaves: opposite, widest at or above the middle, rounded. Flowers: in pairs, axillary. Bracts awl-shaped. Calyx short, five-lobed. Corolla white, 1.5 - 2 cm long, tubular, five-lobed. Stamens five. Fruit: a few-seeded berry, in pairs, reddish orange. Twigs: hollow. Form: upright.
Similar species: Lonicera tatarica is similar but its leaves are widest below the middle, not at or above the middle. Both species differ from other Lonicera by being mainly hairless and having corollas that do not yellow with age.
Habitat and ecology: Escaped from cultivation. Common in the woodlands of the Morton Arboretum in DuPage County, Illinois, and found in scattered localities elsewhere.
Occurence in the Chicago region: non-native
Etymology: Lonicera is named after Adam Lonicer (1528-1586), a German botanist and author.
Author: The Morton Arboretum
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