It is considered invasive and is mildly toxic to humans. Easy access to the land and sight distance is sacrificed for a wall of brush. Threat Frequently utilized as an ornamental species, bush honeysuckles escape cultivation via bird and animal dispersed seeds. Some are still sold commercially. We love our lawns and even bland commercial developments have large mowed grassy areas with a few trees.
These berries grow in pairs at the base of the leaves and often remain in place into winter. All plant parts, including mature fruit, should be bagged and disposed of to prevent reestablishment. They take over the under-story and eliminate the diversity of native plants important to wildlife. The globose berries are typically dark red, occasionally yellow, and found in pairs in the axils of the leaves. Commonly found along railroad tracks, roadside ditches, piles of dredge soil and wherever even slight depressions hold water. Imagine a spring and summer without a diverse mix of native wildflowers blooming along woodland edges and fields!
Some species of bush honeysuckle may invade wetland areas subject to the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act; before taking action, check with the local conservation commission, and only apply herbicides registered for use in wetlands. You Know That Lovely Honeysuckle? Honeysuckle infiltration just beginning in a State Park. Bush honeysuckle produces an abundance of berries and birds readily eat them when there are few native food sources available. Search Search form Search website Go. With invasive plants, we risk losing the ability to have large scale areas that are easy to maintain. Gardening for a purpose would go beyond having a nice bed of flowers or a rich green lawn.
Our native bush honeysuckles can be differentiated by their solid stems, finely toothed leaves, and long pointed vase-shaped capsule fruits. Here is a quote from the article:. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Easily spotted in late March, this invasive shrub often produces new green leaves several weeks before our native shrubs do. The Garden recently created a new bush honeysuckle brochure to increase public awareness of this issue and encourage citizens of our region to take notice and take action. Aggressive non-native invasive plants alter the natural environmental, destroy wildlife habitat, and threaten our economy by interfering with timber and agricultural production and recreational opportunities. For example, mowing around its unrelenting monoculture does create an intense hedge for privacy.