Virginia Tech Dendrology

Belle's honeysuckle Caprifoliaceae Lonicera xbella Zabel (morrowii x tatarica) Listen to the Latin symbol: LOBE
Leaf: Opposite, simple, oval to ovate, 1 to 2 1/2 inches long, light green to blue-green above, slightly pubescent below.
Flower: White to pink, fading to yellow, 3/4 to 1 inch long, on a long flower stalk, appear in late spring.
Fruit: Juicy red berry, 1/4 inch in diameter, maturing in mid summer.
Twig: Slender, slightly pubescent when young, later glabrous, grayish brown, hollow pith; ppposite, short blunt buds.
Bark: Develops long shallow splits, somewhat scaly, grayish brown.
Form: A shrub up to 15 feet with a dense crown of arching branches.
Looks like: Morrow honeysuckle - Amur honeysuckle - American fly honeysuckle - Tatarian honeysuckle
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Additional Range Information: Lonicera xbella is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and may seed into the landscape. See states reporting Belle's honeysuckle.
External Links: 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