Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Winter Honeysuckle - Lonicera fragrantissima   Lindley & Paxton
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AuthorLindley & Paxton
DistributionMostly in the Piedmont; scarce in the Mountains and Coastal Plain. First collected in 1951 in Mecklenburg County.

Native of China; in N.A. NY to OH and KY, south to GA and TX; UT.
AbundanceUncommon in the Piedmont, rare elsewhere.
HabitatRoadsides, disturbed woods, campus woods, rocky oak-hickory woods, deep ravine, pasture, Uwharrie Wilderness (Randolph Co.), trailside, creekside, riverside. Though it can grow into semi-natural woodlands and forest, it is not considered as a noxious plant, at least yet, in most areas of the state.
PhenologyFlowering late January - early April. The fragrance is variable among plants, from moderate to weak.
IdentificationWinter Honeysuckle is one of our first plants to bloom. It is a many-branched shrub to 7 feet tall, the leaves ovate to elliptical, short-stalked, and opposite. The flowers have short tubes and flaring lobes, white to yellowish or pinkish, reasonably fragrant. None of our other alien or native honeysuckles begin to bloom so early.
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