Groups Target Honeysuckle

Invasive Shrub Can Choke Off Native Species

Posted: February 17, 2013 at 3:04 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO ANDY SHUPE Amur honeysuckle, Lonicera maackii, is a shrub considered to be a noxious and invasive plant species is characterized by early leafing in the spring, bright red berries in the fall and oppositely opposing leaves.

An alien invader lurks in parks, trails and, possibly, your backyard.

At A Glance

Invasive Plants

Bush honeysuckles are one group of several types of invasive species found throughout Northwest Arkansas. Native species, including hollies, viburnum, spicebush, sassafras, trillium, dogwoods, redbuds and serviceberries, can be planted in their place. For more information go to or

Other invasive species include:

• Bradford and Callery pears: Deciduous tree with white, five-petaled flowers

• Chinese and European privet: Semi-evergreen to evergreen bush with dark blue to black berries

• English ivy: Evergreen climbing vine featuring dark green leaves with white veins

• Kudzu: Semi-woody climbing vine with three broad leaflets

• Multiflora rose: Thorny, perennial shrub with clusters of white to pink flowers

• Winter creeper: Perennial vine with dark green, oval, slightly toothed leaves

Source: U.S. National Park Service, Fayetteville Natural Heritage Association, Fayetteville In Bloom And Washington County Extension Service

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