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Ask the Expert:Flower identification help needed
I have what appears to be a Honeysuckle BUSH growing in my woodland garden.Â I've looked in every book I can find and used online keys and come up with nothing.Â The flower on it looks like a miniature honeysuckle, but the plant does not vine. It is growing like a bush. There are no blooms on new growth, only on old growth. I've attached a photo.Â Do you know what it is and what its growth potential is? Any other info about it would also be appreciated.
Not all honeysuckle are twining vines, some are considered shrubs. These shrub type honeysuckles range from arching bushes to upright tree-like bushes. Shrub or bush honeysuckle are considered exotic and can be hard to distinguish from one another. In your case, I believe you have an upright tree-like form of honeysuckle in particular Lonicera maackii (Amur honeysuckle). If it is Amur honeysuckle, it can grow up to 15' high and wide. It will have fragrant white flowers that aged into a yellow color and will be followed by dark red berries. This plant can become invasive - spreading easily from place to place as a result of birds dropping the seeds after consuming the berries. It is deciduous. As with all honeysuckle, it will take full sun to partial shade and loves humus rich moist but well-drained soil. It is susceptible to aphids, leaf roller, scale, powder mildew, leaf spot and blights. I should be trimmed back 1/3 to 1/2 right after blooming.
Good luck with your honeysuckle. It looks like you have a fine specimen.