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PlantFiles: Bush Honeysuckle, Tatarian Honeysuckle
Lonicera tatarica 'Rosea'

Family: Caprifoliaceae (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info) (cap-ree-foh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Lonicera (luh-NIS-er-a) (Info)
Species: tatarica (tat-TAR-ee-ka) (Info)
Cultivar: Rosea

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Vines and Climbers

over 40 ft. (12 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us


No positives
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative coriaceous On Apr 2, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Dirr calls this "essentially an outmoded plant...the Edsel of deciduous shrubs" and "a terrible weed."

Who would want to grow a bush honeysuckle without fragrant flowers? The flowers of this species are small and have no fragrance. Most descriptions exaggerate their ornamental value. If you want a highly fragrant bush honeysuckle, get L. fragrantissima.

This is a sprawling, straggly, rampant growing bush that quickly fills with dead wood. It requires a great deal of heavy pruning to keep it looking respectable, even if it escapes the Russian aphid.

The gang-of-four Asian shrub honeysuckles that are widely invasive in North America (L. maackii, L. tatarica, L. x bella, and L. morrowii) are dowdy shrubs without fragrance. They come with a host of pests and diseases, foremost of which is the Russian aphid that causes disfiguring witches' broom.

Planting of this noxious weed species is prohibited in four states. Birds spread the seeds wide into natural areas. Together with the other invasive honeysuckles and buckthorn, it destroys natural habitat and shades out our native woodland wildflowers. It impoverishes our once rich native flora and reduces its capacity to support wildlife.

Negative nonillion On May 22, 2008, nonillion from West Brookfield, MA (Zone 5b) wrote:

Considered aggressively invasive in Massachusetts, prohibited from sale. Too bad, it's pretty at our new (to us) house but will take it down.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

West Brookfield, Massachusetts

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