Lonicera maackii

Amur Honeysuckle




  • native to Manchuria and Korea
  • hardy to zone 3
  • Special Note: This species has demonstrated an invasive tendency in Connecticut, meaning it may escape from cultivation and naturalize in minimally managed areas. For more information, .

Habit and Form

  • a large deciduous shrub or small tree
  • 12' to 15' tall with a similar spread
  • upright and spreading branching
  • becomes leggy at the base
  • shape is rounded to broad
  • typically multistemmed

Summer Foliage

  • opposite, simple leaves
  • leaves are 2" to 3" long
  • 0.5" to 1.5" wide
  • ovate to elliptic leaf shape with an acuminate leaf tip
  • dark green color above, lighter beneath
  • leafs out very early in the spring

Autumn Foliage

  • ineffective fall color


  • 1" long white flowers that fade to yellow
  • flowers are fragrant
  • bloom time is May into June
  • flowers borne in axillary pairs
  • only moderately showy in bloom


  • 0.25" berries
  • ripen in October
  • ripe fruit is red
  • moderately showy in fruit
  • birds take the fruits readily


  • color is gray or tan
  • exfoliates somewhat in vertical strips


  • full sun is best, but tolerant of shade
  • relatively free of pests
  • easy to grow
  • adaptable to most soils
  • needs occasional pruning to thin out the center of the plant

Landscape Use

  • border
  • difficult sites
  • screen
  • use should probably be limited


  • self sows and can become an invasive species
  • somewhat weedy and a rampant grower

ID Features

  • brown pith
  • red berries in fall
  • opposite leaves with acuminate leaf tips
  • largest of the honeysuckles
  • white flowers fade to yellow


  • by cuttings
  • by seed


'Red Rem' - Introduced by the USDA, this cultivar purportedly is resistant to Honeysuckle Aphid infestation and bears a more profuse crop of red fruit. Given the invasive tendencies of this plant, this feature may not be preferable. Also, this cultivar is reportedly seed-produced, thus it is quite likely indistinguishable from the species.

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Citation and Acknowledgements: University of Connecticut Plant Database, http://hort.uconn.edu/plants, Mark H. Brand, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Storrs, CT 06269-4067 USA.