Japanese honeysuckle is an attractive plant, but under the Illinois Exotic Weed Act, it cannot be sold in Illinois. It is also considered invasive in many areas. The information provided here is more for identification purposes rather than a guide to plant selection. This plant is NOT recommended.
- Ground cover,
- Large plant (more than 24 inches),
- Low-growing plant (under 6 inches)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily),
- Full shade (4 hrs or less of light daily)
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7,
- Zone 8,
- Zone 9
Size and Method of Climbing
Japanese honeysuckle can grow 30 feet or more vertically, but can completely cover the ground in large areas as well. It is a twining vine.
Disease, pests, and problems
Japanese honeysuckle is an invasive plant in many areas and it is illegal to sell in Illinois.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Japan, Korea and China
The opposite leaves are 2 to 3 inches long and green to dark green. Leaves are oval to oblong, with entire edges and hairs on both upper and lower surfaces. In northern climates, the leaves are deciduous and in the south they are evergreen to semi-evergreen.
The white flowers are irregularly shaped and tubular. As they age, they fade to yellow. They are borne in pairs. Flowers are very fragrant.
Fruit are black berries.