Black Twinberry
Lonicera involucrata

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: involucrata (in-vol-yoo-KRAY-tuh) (Info)



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


over 40 ft. (12 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)

Sun Exposure:

Partial to Full Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

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

Flagstaff, Arizona

Chico, California

Dublin, California

Sacramento, California

San Francisco, California

Cottage Grove, Oregon

Eugene, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

South Beach, Oregon

Sweet Home, Oregon

Oak Harbor, Washington

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 6, 2013, MulchingMan from Eugene, OR wrote:

This is a native riparian plant that does well in regular garden conditions in shade or partial sun. If you live an area with dry summers, Twinberry will need weekly water. I've read that it can become drought-tolerant, but I imagine that it'll go stress deciduous under such conditions. (Mine looks beat-up if the soil is allowed to dry out in the summer.) The form that is sold up here has yellow flowers, and I'm aware that there are variants with pink and reddish-yellow flowers. Mine has not yet produced berries, but they're apparently popular with the birds. Fall foliage is a pleasant yellow. This is a nice small-ish shrub for a shady area where you want a little bit of green.