American fly honeysuckle Caprifoliaceae Lonicera
canadensis Bartram ex Marsh. symbol: LOCA7
Leaf: Opposite, simple, narrow ovate to elliptical, 1 to 3 inches long, thin, hairless except for leaf edges, bright green above and a bit paler below.
Flower: Species is monoecious; white, bell- or funnel-shaped, 5 lobes, 1 inch long, hanging downward in pairs from a 1 inch long, green stem, appearing in late spring.
Fruit: Reddish orange berries in a widely divergent pair; elongated often with a tapering point, 1/3 inch in length, ripen in mid to late summer.
Twig: Slender, silvery to reddish gray, solid pith; buds small, pointed.
Bark: Reddish gray, finely peeling and shredding on larger stems.
Form: A straggly, open shrub reaching up to 3 feet in height.
Looks like: Amur honeysuckle - red twinberry - northern bush-honeysuckle - twinberry
Additional Range Information: Lonicera canadensis is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting American fly 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