Morrow's Honeysuckle

Lonicera morrowii

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: morrowii (mor-ROW-ee-eye) (Info)



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer





Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Valparaiso, Indiana

Olathe, Kansas

Clermont, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Whitehall, Michigan

Arlington, Texas

Muscoda, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 11, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Who would want to grow a bush honeysuckle without fragrant flowers? The flowers of this species are small and have no fragrance. If you have a highly fragrant bush honeysuckle, your shrub is L. fragrantissima.

If this grows in your yard, odds are good that it was planted by some passing bird and not by conscious choice.

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. Most descriptions exaggerate the ornamental value of their flowers.

Planting of this noxious weed species is prohibited in four states... read more


On May 18, 2012, plant_it from Valparaiso, IN wrote:

Native to Japan, Korea, and Northeast China, Morrow's Honeysuckle is highly invasive in the Northeast and Midwest of the United States. I am battling it like crazy in our woods in Indiana. Morrow's Honeysuckle thrives at the edges of forests, roads, or other natural or man-made barriers, but is not limited to them, and is found in both mature and disturbed forests. In some areas, Morrow's Honeysuckle is the dominant plant species, especially in areas of disturbed ecological succession. It is suspected that Lonicera morrowii is allelopathic, and may capitalize on disturbed ecological succession by establishing itself and then preventing the growth of plants underneath it. With a sufficiently established thicket of honeysuckle, even other shade-tolerant, invasive species, such as Fortune's... read more


On Dec 20, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Morrow's Honeysuckle Lonicera morrowii is naturalized in Texas and other States and is considered an invasive plant in Texas.


On Apr 21, 2004, langbr from Olathe, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:

A deciduous shrub form of honeysuckle that flowers in late Spring. Flowers are extremely fragrant and very sweet smelling as is typical of honeysuckle. Bright red berries develop in June/July. This shrub is very attractive to bees during flowering stage and birds during fruiting. Makes an excellent privacy hedge or screen. Native of Japan.