Scientific Name: Lonicera xylosteum
Common Name: fly honeysuckle, shrub honeysuckle
Family Name: Caprifoliaceae
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 3: (-40 to -34 °C)
Plant Type: Shrub - deciduous
Mature Size: 2 - 3m x 2 - 3m (height x width)
Habit: Dense, Upright
Form: Round
Texture: Medium - coarse
Landscape Uses: Erosion control, Hedge row, Mixed shrub border, Woodland margin
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media: Humus rich, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Opposite, Soft flexible, Pubescent, Elliptic, Obovate, Entire
Flowers: Flowers clustered, White, Yellow, May-Jun
Fruit: Berry (true), Red, Dark-red, Aug
Key ID Features:
Bushy shrub; leaves grey-green, opposite, elliptic to slightly obovate, most 3-7cm long x 2-4cm wide, fuzzy; flowers tubular, in pairs, creamy white, about 16mm long, May-June; berries dark red. Winter ID: black stems with 'chicken feet' buds, opposite. ubescent, short-stalked, broad-elliptic to ovate or obovate leaves (to 2 1/ 2” long) emerge silver-green in early spring, but mature to gray-green or blue-green. Leaves retain good green color late into fall (no fall color other than a few purple tinges). Yellowish-white flowers (to 5/8” long) borne in pairs bloom in late spring (May-early June). Flowers are often tinged with red. Flowers are followed by dark red berries which ripen in July-August. Berries lack ornamental attractiveness.