Lonicera tatarica L.

Tartarian Honeysuckle

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Lonicera

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 3 to 8

Size: 10 to 12' tall and wide

Exposure: Sun


Considered invasive - self sows.

Multi-stemmed shrub with upright then arching branches. Opposite leaves, blue-green, to 2.5" long and 1.5" wide. White to pink flowers in pairs in spring. Red berries in summer to autumn.

From Bot. Reg. One of the most desirable shrubs we know of. It forms a close round extensive bush of five or six feet in height, feathering on all sides down to the ground, and is in full leaf and bloom in the middle of April, or sometimes earlier. It is perfectly hardy, and will grow in almost any soil and situation.


Native to eastern Russia. Cultivated in 1752 by Philip Miller.

Published in Sp. Pl. 1: 173 in 1753.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 31 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. A native of the oriental provinces of Russia... The stem, which is sometimes two inches in diameter, is used in the manufacture of walking-sticks, and the handles of instruments; it is hard, solid, of a yellowish-gray colour, and beautifully veined. Cultivated in 1752 by Mr. Miller, who raised it from seed, sent from Petersburgh, where it had been received from Tartary. It varies in the shade with flowers entirely white. In Jussieu's arrangement and nomenclature this species belongs to Xylosteon.


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