Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Amur Honeysuckle - Lonicera maackii   (Ruprecht) Herder
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Author(Ruprecht) Herder
DistributionScattered in the Mountains and Piedmont; disjunct to Currituck County on the outer Coastal Plain. First collected in 1987 on the campus of Duke University, Durham County. Cultivated plants were vouchered as far back as 1961 (Mecklenburg County).

Native of China, Korea, Japan; in N.A. ME to Ont. and ND, south to GA and TX; also WA, OR.
AbundanceRare as of now. However, this is an aggressive colonizer west of the Appalachians and is likely to spread here. One tempering factor is that it prefers limestone soils, which are rare in the NC Mountains and nearly absent eastward (except near the coast, as marl outcrops). Nonetheless, it ought to be eradicated now, while populations are small. See the paper by Lukens & Thieret (1994) on its spread in the U.S.
HabitatCampus weed, edge of woods, roadsides, railroads, fenceline, moist woods, wild in forest, nature trail, maritime forest opening, slope by river.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-June.
IdentificationAmur Honeysuckle is a shrub with ovate to elliptical leaves that taper to a distinct drip-tip (unlike L. japonica, L. morrowii, and others). The flowers are similar to those species in appearance, beginning white and turning dull yellow. It has numerous bright red berries, as does L. morrowii.
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