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Japanese Honeysuckle

Japanese HoneysuckleScientific name: Lonicera japonica Thunb. (ITIS)

Common names: Japanese honeysuckle

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Native To: Eastern Asia (Munger 2002)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 1800s (Munger 2002)

Means of Introduction: Ornamental (Munger 2002)

Impact: Crowds out native species (Munger 2002)

Current U.S. Distribution:



Selected Resources:

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Council or Task Force

Invasive Plants of Ohio: Fact Sheet 9 - Japanese Honeysuckle & Asian Bittersweet (PDF | 214 KB)
Ohio Invasive Plants Council.
See also: Invasive Plants of Ohio for worst invasive plant species identified in Ohio's natural areas


Pacific Island Ecosystems at Risk (PIER) - Lonicera japonica
USDA. FS. Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry.

Invasive Plant Atlas of New England (IPANE) - Japanese honeysuckle, Hall's honeysuckle
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States - Japanese Honeysuckle
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

New York Invasive Species Information - Honeysuckle
New York Invasive Species Clearinghouse.

Least Wanted: Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas Fact Sheet - Japanese Honeysuckle
Plant Conservation Alliance. Alien Plant Working Group.

Texas Invasives Database - Lonicera japonica

The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area - Japanese Honeysuckle
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Invasive Species Compendium - Lonicera japonica
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Lonicera japonica (vine, climber)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Federal Government

U.S. National Plant Germplasm System - Lonicera japonica
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program. GRIN-Global.

Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) - Lonicera japonica
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.

PLANTS Database - Japanese Honeysuckle
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

International Government

Weed Identification Tool - Japanese Honeysuckle
Brisbane City Council (Australia).

State Government

Invasive Plant Species Fact Sheet: Japanese Honeysuckle (2006; PDF | 730 KB)
Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Invasive Plant Species Assessment Working Group.
See also: Species Assessments and Invasive Species for exotic animal and plant pests invading Indiana, causing economic and visual damage.

Field Guide: Invasive - Japanese Honeysuckle
Missouri Department of Conservation.
See also: Problem Plant Control (scroll to Invasive Plants section) for more information to help you identify and control most common invasive plants in Missouri

Fact Sheet: Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) (2014; PDF | 279 KB)
New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets, and Food. Division of Plant Industry.
See also: New Hampshire's Prohibited Invasive Plant Fact Sheets for additional invasive trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous plants

New Jersey Non-Native Plants - Japanese Honeysuckle (Oct 2008; PDF | 72 KB)
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Invasive Species Leaflet - Lonicera japonica (Mar 2010; PDF | 175 KB)
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. North Carolina Forest Service.

Invasive, Exotic Plants of the Southeast - Japanese Honeysuckle
North Carolina State University. Cooperative Extension. Going Native: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants.

Invasive Plants in Pennsylvania: Japanese Honeysuckle (PDF | 290 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
See also: Invasive Plants fact sheets (scroll to view) for plant species (trees, shrubs, vines, herbs and aquatic plants) that have impacted the state's natural lands

Invasive Plants and Insects: Bush Honeysuckles
Pennsylvania State University. Cooperative Extension.


Plant Profile: Lonicera japonica
University of Florida. IFAS. Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Maine Invasive Plants Bulletin: Japanese Honeysuckle
University of Maine. Cooperative Extension.
See also: Maine Invasive Plants & Entire Series for entire series of 22 fact sheets and invasive plants brochure (available in HTML/PDF or for purchase)

Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth - Japanese Honeysuckle
Mississippi State University. GeoResources Institute.

Ohio Perennial & Biennial Weed Guide - Japanese Honeysuckle
Ohio State University. Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.


Plants of Hawaii - Lonicera japonica (Jan 2003; PDF | 28 KB)
Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk.

BioBullies - Japanese Honeysuckle (PDF | 1.3 MB)
Natural Biodiversity (Western Pennsylvania).
See also: Invasive Species Fact Sheets for the worst trouble-makers in the region, and also for additional trouble-makers for you to watch out for


Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Lonicera japonica. [Accessed Mar 19, 2015].

Munger, G.T. 2002. Lonicera japonica. In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.

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