Leaf: Evergreen, but deciduous in the northern parts of its range, opposite, simple, broadly lanceolate to oval, 2 inches long, green to blue-green above with whitish bloom below, margins are entire; terminal pairs near the inflorescence fused into a single nearly round disk .
Flower: Showy and Scarlet red, narrowly trumpet-shaped with 5 small lobes at the opening, 2 inches long; borne in 1-4 whorls above the terminal leaf disk; appearing in summer.
Fruit: Orange-red translucent 1/4 inch berries with several seeds; occur in small bunches above the terminal leaf disk.
Twig: Thin and vine-like; commonly twist around one another; hollow; pale purple-brown; covered with fine pubescence.
Bark: Thin, reddish-brown, and often shreddy.
Form: A twining vine up to 20 feet long.
Looks like: Japanese honeysuckle
Additional Range Information: Lonicera sempervirens is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. Download the full-size PDF map.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2019 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range map source information