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Showy Bush Honeysuckle

How To Control Showy bush honeysuckle

In Spring

Showy bush honeysuckle are easy botanicals to pick out in the spring landscape of Wisconsin because they are green and most likely, flowering before additional trees and plants because they are not native to the area.

Showy bush honeysuckle botanical flowering pink and white plant photographed in Wisconsin

5 Facts About Showy Bush Honeysuckle

1.) Bush grows to 6-8 feet tall on average.

2.) Produce white or pink flowers in late May or early June.

3.) Flowers will transition into shiny red or orange fruit berries that load the entire bush.

4.) Birds eat the fruit and spread the seeds, allowing the bush to quickly spread and grow aggressively, multiplying quickly without natural controls that over run our native plants and communities.

5,) The berries are not edible for humans.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Genus: Lonicera
Species: L. tatarica

Control Of This Noxious Weed

1.) Hand Pull – In the early spring it is easy to see the new growth sprouting up and in areas where this noxious weed is problematic a quick fix is to pull the weed.

2.) Dig – Digging out the weed only works in areas where you will not disturb additional areas of vegetation. 

3.) Cut Stem Application – Cut the branches as close to the ground as you can using lopping shears ,a folding saw or hand pruners. As you cut each branch be sure to treat both the branch you have cut and the one at the ground level. Use 41-Percent Glyphosate or Tordon RTU Herbicide to treat the branches.

4.) Follow Up – No matter which method you choose to use be sure to go back and make sure that you in fact did get the entire plant. At times we miss pieces.

1, 2 or 3 and Follow Up

If you keep after an area that is growing showy bush honeysuckle using one of the three suggestions above to remove the plant and then follow up to be sure the removal was a success, next year things will go smoother. Good luck!

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