pink honeysuckle Caprifoliaceae Lonicera
hispidula Douglas ex Torr. & A. Gray symbol: LOHI2
Leaf: Deciduous, opposite, simple, oval to nearly cordate, 2-4 inches long, green to blue-green above with whitish bloom below, margins are entire but with fine hairs; terminal pair fused into a single disk.
Flower: Pink, narrowly trumpet-shaped, 1-2 inches long; borne in whorls above the terminal leaf disk; appearing in summer.
Fruit: Orange-red translucent berries with several seeds; occur in small bunches above the terminal leaf disk; described as edible but bitter.
Twig: Thin and vine-like; commonly twist around one another; hollow; purple-brown; covered with fine pubescence.
Bark: Thin, reddish-brown, and often shreddy.
Form: Widely branched shrub or climbing/sprawling vine up to 20’ long.
Looks like: western trumpet honeysuckle - Japanese honeysuckle
Additional Range Information: Lonicera hispidula is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting pink honeysuckle.
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson