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Lonicera morrowii

Lonicera morrowii
Morrow's honeysuckle
Hairy underleaves
Lonicera morrowii

Common name Morrow's honeysuckle
Family caprifoliaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z4-8)
Flowers white (May)
Size 5-8'
Light sun-part shade

This has appeared as a volunteer (most likely a bird donation) in a couple of places in our garden. Based on its appearance and habit, I figure it's one of the Asian bush honeysuckles. There are several similar species, distinguished by leaf shape and degree of hairyness on the undersides of the leaves. Both of those point to L. morrowii (from Japan) as the most likely species for my interlopers. I will allow them to grow for a bit, but since they are generally regarded as an invasive species, they probably won't be allowed permanent resident status.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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