The Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica Thunb) was introduced to Long Island in the 1800’s from Asia to control erosion. Today it can be found in woodland, wetland, and roadside areas. Its twisty vines can reach nearby shrubs and trees and eventually choke them. It can grow up to 30 feet high and sideways, blocking sunlight and threatening native saplings from growing. Because it can adapt to all sorts of conditions it can dominate areas quickly without any known threats.
I discovered this in my own backyard along my fence. It has a sweet smell and although birds are attracted to the tubular flowers, and its flowers are used to make tea for ailments, it really should be removed since It may open doors for other invasive species.
If you have a small infestation it can be dug out if you find the root. It’s best not to compost. For big infestations, you can spray with glysophate. If you let it grow it will wrap around your trees and eventually choke them.
If you like the smell and the shape of the tubular flowers, here are two native alternatives; Virginia Creeper and Trumpet Honeysuckle.
If not noticed, the japanese honeysuckle vine can easily attach to trees and wrap around them making it harder to remove.
Give us a call to remove this invasive vine before it takes over your landscape.
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