Fast-Growing Honeysuckle

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Fast-Growing Honeysuckle
Honeysuckle plants are invasive vines with fragrant flowers. (Honeysuckle image by StylezInk from Fotolia.com)

Japanese honeysuckle is a fast-growing vine that climbs trellises and fences in residential and commercial landscapes throughout the United States. This vine produces showy flowers that emit a pleasant fragrance.

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Foliage

Japanese honeysuckle produces hairy leaves that are oval in shape. Each leaf is 3 inches long and 2 inches wide.

Flowers

Japanese honeysuckle plants produce an abundance of fragrant flowers. The flowers are white or yellow in colour and appear single or in pairs.

Problems

Japanese honeysuckle is an invasive plant that rapidly spreads. Thick growths of honeysuckle stunts the growth of neighbouring plants and blocks sunlight from other plants.

Habitat

Japanese honeysuckle is a natural ground cover that grows along banks and roadsides. This plant is also found in forests, fields and bottomlands.

Control

Chemical and mechanical control methods are effective in controlling the rapid growth of the Japanese honeysuckle plant. Prune back honeysuckle plants drastically every year to prevent the vine from becoming overgrown. The plant an be eliminated completely with the application of glyphosate or triclopyr. Apply herbicides per manufacturer instructions.

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