Scientific Name: Lonicera involucrata
Common Name: black twinberry, bearberry honeysuckle
Family Name: Caprifoliaceae
Origin: B.C. west of Cascades, Mexico, U.S. - northwest
Hardiness Zone: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 °C)
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous
Mature Size: 2 - 3m x 2 - 3m (height x width)
Habit: Arching, Irregular, Spreading, Twiggy
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium - fine
Landscape Uses: Attract beneficial insects, Attract birds, Fall interest, Hedge row, Native planting, Reclamation, Spring interest, Waterside planting, Wetland - bogs, Wildlife food, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Humus rich
Leaves: Simple, Opposite, Soft flexible, Glabrous, Pubescent, Elliptic, Oblong, Obovate, Ciliate, Entire
Flowers: Flowers paired, Yellow, Apr-May-Jun
Fruit: Berry (true), Black, Jun-Jul-Aug-Sep
Key ID Features:
Leaves opposite, most ovate or oblong-elliptic; 5-11cm long x 3-5cm wide, margins and undersides pubescent; florets paired on a 2cm long peduncle (2 sets per node), tubular, 1-2cm long, yellow, in spring, bracts turning dark red; berries paired, purplish-black, most 5-11mm wide.