Sep. 24, 2020

Morrow honeysuckle, Lonicera morrowii

Morrow honeysuckle is native to northeast Asia. It's invasion is a little different. Around here it is not as plentiful as Amur honeysuckle, and actually seems to suffer from competition with another larger invader, Amur honeysuckle. Spring ephemeral wildflowers can't survive under either because the honeysuckles leaf out much earlier than native trees and shrubs. But perhaps the worst feature are the orange to red berries. When our cedar waxwings eat them, their 'wax' spots change to an orange shade. In my experience, songbirds that eat the berries often don't keep them down. Little orange globs near your feeders? Now you know. Morrow has been reported from AR, CO, CT, DE, IA, IL, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY, NB, ON, QC, and SK. Ives Preserve (subsequently killed), Lenawee Co MI, 5/16/11. Honeysuckle family, Caprifoliaceae.