Shrub to 3 m tall Leaves: opposite, bluish green, up to twice as long as wide, diamond- egg-shaped with broadly tapering base and pointed tip, slightly hairy. Flowers: in pairs, axillary. Bractlets hairy along the margins. Calyx short, five-lobed, hairy along the margins. Corolla whitish, tubular, five-lobed. Stamens five. Fruit: a few-seeded berry, in pairs, pinkish, small. Twigs: hollow. Form: upright.
Similar species: Lonicera xylosteum is similar but its bractlets and calyx lobes are hairy, and not just along the margins.
Habitat and ecology: A rare escape from cultivation. May be found growing in degraded woodlands, woodlot borders, fencerows, and waste places.
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
Citation: The vPlants Project. vPlants: A Virtual Herbarium of the Chicago Region. http://www.vplants.org
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