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Lonicera hirsuta

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Lonicera pubescens
Description

Hairy Honeysuckle is a native honeysuckle found in woods and thickets particularly along borders, clearings, and banks; often in sandy or rocky ground, and occasionally in swamps. It is primarily a northern honeysuckle that flourishes in colder regions and higher elevations, particularly on calcareous (high pH) bedrock. It is non-invasive and is considered to be endangered in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

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Tags:
#bumble bees#sun#showy flowers#showy berries#shrub#wildlife plant#shade tolerant#yellow flowers#deciduous shrub#orange flowers#tubular flowers#spring flowers#fall interest#berries#small mammals#moist soil#well-drained soil#climbing vines#neutral ph#summer flowers#thickets#mountains#northern climate#woodland#hairy leaves#alkaline soil tolerant#native wildflower#sandy soils tolerant#rocky soils tolerant#native#bird friendly#dry soils tolerant#vine#pollinators
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Lonicera
    Species:
    hirsuta
    Family:
    Caprifoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Layering
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America
    Distribution:
    New England and eastern New York to southern Ontario, Minnesota, and Manitoba
    Wildlife Value:
    The sweet taste (high sugar content) and relatively low position to the ground attract non-migratory birds and small mammals. They produce fruit late in the season after most migratory birds have left the area. The flowers are of special value to bumblebees.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Wildlife Food Source
    Climbing Method:
    Twining
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 16 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Shrub
    Vine
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Climbing
    Clumping
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3b, 3a, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Orange
    Red/Burgundy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    The fruit is a round to oval orange-red berry 1/3 to ½ inch long.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Flower cluster consists of 1 to 5 whorls each, with 6 stalkless flowers which may be yellow, sometimes orange to red and are ½ to 1 inch long. Each flower has a long, slender tube and 2 lips, the upper broad with 4 lobes and the lower narrow and shorter than the tube, both lobes often tightly rolled under. The outer surface is finely glandular-hairy, the inner surface is also hairy.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Velvety
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Obovate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The leaf pair below a flower cluster is joined around the stem, forming a disk around the cluster. The pair below it on the stem may also be perfoliate. Although the margins are entire, they can be fringed with hair or cilia. The leaves are dark-green above and lighter beneath and pubescent on both surfaces.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Green
    Light Brown
    Light Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Peeling
    Bark Description:
    Young twigs are green with short glandular and longer non-glandular hairs. Twigs become gray-brown and hairless the second year. The older bark is thin, gray and peeling.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Smooth, woody stem with glandular-villous branchlets.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Small Mammals
    Songbirds