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Late Honeysuckle (Amur Honeysuckle)
Lonicera maackii

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Preferred Habitat: shade-intolerant, most often occurring in forest edges, abandoned fields, pastures, roadsides, and other open, upland habitats

Range: Native to Japan, China, Korea, Manchuria, Turkey, and southern Russia; in the US from the central Great Plains to southern New England and south to Tennessee and North Carolina

Height: up to 4.5 meters (15 feet)

Leaves: simple, opposite, ovate-elliptic leaves are 9 cm long with short petioles, glossy green on surface; the largest of the common honeysuckles

Flowers: white changing to yellow, flower petals are formed into a short 2 cm corolla at the base, one with 4 lobes and one opposed single lobe

Fruit: 0.5 cm diameter berries ripen in October, red berries occur in clusters of 4 along twig length occurring at leaf origin

Location spotted: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Extra information: exotic honeysuckles have been introduced for use as ornamentals, for wildlife cover, and for soil erosion