CAUTION: Berries are toxic to humans and can cause stomach pains. Take caution with pets.
Also known as Bush honeysuckle
Where we are on the south side of the Mohawk River, this invasive species is considered a weed and was first introduced in Massachusetts in the 1860s from Japan. Morrow’s Honeysuckle grows in full sun to partial shade. We found it in moist, well-drained soil along a well-worn hillside path. It’s berries are toxic (which may explain why so many berries available).
This honeysuckle shrub’s can grow 6-15 feet tall with fragrant white flowers in from May to June that attract bees and butterflies.
The New York Invasive Species Information website states, “One way to distinguish between native and invasive honeysuckles is by looking at the stems – native honeysuckles have solid stems while invasive honeysuckles have hollow stems.”
Visit the New York Invasive Species Information website for more information on this invasive species.