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Shrubs: Bush Honeysuckle

Latin Name: Diervilla lonicera Mill

General Description: Low upright shrub usually less than 1m high.  Usually in dry soil in sandy or rocky woods and thickets and in open pastures.

Leaves: Opposite, simple and deciduous, blades 5-13 cm long and 1.5-6 cm wide.

Bush Honeysuckle leaves











Twigs: Branchlets are green or reddish, often with two lines of minute hairs running lengthwise along the stem, older twigs brownish to gray.

Bush Honeysuckle twigs









Fruit: slender brown capsule, solitary or in small clusters.

bush honeysuckle fruit








Flowers: narrowly tubular, 5-parted, in short-stalked clusters of 2-6 at the ends of branches; petals pale yellow at first, turning orange or brownish-red, June and July.

bush honeysuckle flower








Sources used: Shrubs of Ontario by James H. Soper and Margaret L. Heimburger (1994).