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Japanese Honeysuckle


   The Japanese honeysuckle is a twining or trailing woody vine. Japanese honeysuckle can grow to more than thirty feet in length. The leaves are simple and oblong in shape, ranging from one and a half to three inches in length. The leaves of a Japanese honeysuckle can be evergreen in climates that do get extremely cold. The two-lipped flowers are extremely fragrant and appear in pairs on young branches throughout the summer months.

   The flowers of a Japanese honeysuckle range from one to two inches in length. They are primarily white, but often have a pink or purple tint when they are younger. The flowers may also become yellow with age. The fruit of a Japanese honeysuckle is a many-seeded berry that matures early in the autumn.

   Japanese honeysuckle thrives primarily in areas that are frequently disturbed, such as roadsides and along fences. They will often become invasive after natural or artificial disturbances are made to the environment. Smaller populations of Japanese honeysuckle can be controlled manually by hand pulling, grubbing or removing trailing vines. The Japanese honeysuckle has vigorous re-sprouting, and therefore simply trimming may result in a greater stem density.

   The Japanese honeysuckle is native to eastern Asia. Japanese honeysuckle is often used as an ornamental ground cover, or for use in erosion control. Japanese honeysuckle is also wonderful for providing a habitat and food for wildlife. Smaller mammals can get shelter beneath the canopy of leaves, and birds and small mammals will also eat the berries. A Japanese honeysuckle is a wonderful addition to any garden, as long as proper attention is given to prevent intrusiveness.

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