Lonicera Species, Amur Honeysuckle

Lonicera maackii

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: maackii (MAK-ee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Xylosteon maackii



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

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)

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


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

Davis, California

Atlanta, Georgia

Danielsville, Georgia

Champaign, Illinois

Hinsdale, Illinois

Davenport, Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky (2 reports)

Nicholasville, Kentucky

Bethesda, Maryland

Brookeville, Maryland

Cumberland, Maryland

Pikesville, Maryland

Auburn, Massachusetts

Lexington, Massachusetts

Rolla, Missouri

Saint James, Missouri

Charlotte, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Medora, North Dakota

Bucyrus, Ohio

Richfield, Ohio

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Greencastle, Pennsylvania

Spotsylvania, Virginia

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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 on your land, 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 three state... read more


On Jan 13, 2014, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

This is the foremost invasive deciduous shrub weed in southeast Pennsylvania and northern Delaware, plus it is also horrible in northern Illinois along with Common Buckthorn, Multiflora Rose, and Autumnolive. It has pretty foliage and white flowers; otherwise it has ugly bark, buds, and twigs and grows rampantly in a very messy, overly twiggy manner with lots of dead wood always present. It has no real fall color. It makes lots of seedlings all over and does ground sucker also It is an East Asian noxious weed in eastern North America that should be exterminated. It pushes out a great diviersity of other shrubs that would better feed wildlife than it does.


On Apr 28, 2013, zorba45 from Richfield, OH wrote:

This is a nice flowering plant. The birds love to eat the berries, while the bush can form a tall and thick privacy screen in areas with full shade. Hundreds of seedlings have come up throughout my yard, so i transplant a few every year to make a privacy screen. This plant is very vigorous in in full sun and shaded areas, and also provides wildlife food and cover. I dont understand why people dislike this plant.


On May 23, 2012, pjoid123 from Spotsylvania, VA wrote:

Right now it fills a niche in my partial shade garden. But it's very very stringy, and outside of the few blooms I get it's a plant I can't get very exited about. When I find something to replace the 2 specimens I have, they will end up in the compost pile. I got them from a neighbor in the subdivision. I saw about 50 in bloom at his house and was really impressed--not so much anymore! It's not quite a tree and not quite a bush.


On Feb 12, 2011, RosemaryK from Lexington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I am not going to allow these shrubs any more parole! They were here with the property. The sprawling branches just cannot be made into an attractive shrub. They do flourish in the shade without many blossoms, but surely there are better replacements for these invaders.


On Mar 8, 2009, ptkexpres from Rolla, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have two of these shrubs in my yard and enjoy them year round as do the birds. When they bloom they are covered with yellow and white typical honeysuckle looking flowers that turn into bright red decorative berries in the fall. The birds use these bushes for cover in between trips to our feeders and bird bath. One of my bushes is in full sun and the other is in partial shade and they both do equally well. I never water them since they are large established bushes, but I do give them a light pruning right after the flower to keep them the size I desire. This also helps limit the number of seeds they produce.
I have had a few volunteer plants sprout from seed, but they were easily removed before they were too large. My personal experience is that they are easy to manag... read more


On Jul 30, 2007, calumetman from Chicago, IL wrote:

The small to medium sized shrubs of my uniformed youth have become the shrubs of regret in my adulthood. The if-only-I-knew-thens roll off my tongue like the numerous knarled and crouching branches that, along with the various confusing forms of buckthorn, dominate the backyard border understory at my family homestead in Southwestern Ohio's Mad River Valley. They seem to bend spider-like. Woody sentries guarding the unwanted groundcovers of garlic mustard and nettles.

I find myself drench in sweat from the exercise of removal. It is the latest challenge for this novice landscape/gardener whose cut his teeth on the more easily manipulated sandy wetland savanna soils of Chicago's Calumet Region, and learned all but too late about many of the eurasian invasions that threaten o... read more


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

Amur Honeysuckle Lonicera maackii is naturalized in Texas and other States and is considered an invasive plant in Texas.


On Jun 16, 2006, Colquhoun from Champaign, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Invasive plain and simple. Personally I would put it at the top of the Federal List of Noxious Weeds.. right up there with Kudzu.


On Aug 17, 2005, Equilibrium wrote:

Eurasian in origin, honeysuckles were first introduced to North America in the mid 1700's. Many people chose to plant honeysuckles to "improve wildlife habitat". Ironically, just the opposite occurs because they leaf out considerably earlier than most native species. Here is what was written by Elizabeth J. Czarapata regarding the early spring leaf out of the species, " honeysuckles' vigorous growth and early spring leaf-out inhibit the growth of native shrubs and groundlayer species, reducing food and cover for wildlife. If not controlled, they can become massive in size and eventually replace native plants in a given area by crowding or shadign them out and by depleting the soil of moisture and nutrients. Some studies suggest that exotic honeysuckles may also be allelopathic. Although B... read more


On May 15, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Certainally a pretty plant because it erupts with white and yellow blooms in May.

The flowers are smaller, and squatter than L. japonica and it grows as a shrub, uniform shape. Red berries in fall provide food for numerous bird species.

I didn't notice much, if any scent.