Tatarian honeysuckle Caprifoliaceae Lonicera
tatarica L. symbol: LOTA
Leaf: Opposite, simple, oval to ovate, 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches long, entire edges, light green to blue-green and smooth above and below.
Flower: Red to pale pink (sometimes white), 3/4 to 1 inch long, tubular at the base and opening to 5 strap-like lobes, appearing in pairs in late spring.
Fruit: Juicy orange to red berry, 1/4 inch in diameter, maturing in mid summer.
Twig: Slender, slightly pubescent when young, later glabrous, grayish brown, hollow pith; opposite, short blunt buds.
Bark: Develops long shallow splits, may peel in vertical splits, grayish brown.
Form: A rounded shrub up to 12 feet tall with a dense crown of arching branches.
Looks like: Belle's honeysuckle - Morrow honeysuckle - Amur honeysuckle - American fly honeysuckle
Additional Range Information: Lonicera tatarica is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and may seed into the landscape. See states reporting Tatarian 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