Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is sinuous and fragrant forest anesthesia. This trumpet-shaped flower is a wildlife paradise, with its sweet, intoxicating scent that appeals to neighboring species, especially on hot summer nights.
Honeysuckle is native to East Asia and is now planted worldwide as an ornamental for erosion protection and wildlife habitat. Honeysuckle (including cultivars) is also known as woodbine.
It is easily differentiated from home-grown honeysuckle vines by its berries and upper leaves. There are almost 200 different cultivated varieties of honeysuckle.
Honeysuckle is a woody perennial typically found climbing or trailing to over 24 m (80 feet) in length. Young stems may be hairy, while older ones are hairless.
The leaves are opposite, pubescent, oval, and 2.5 to 6.4 cm (1-2.5 in.) long. The margins are typically entire, but younger leaves may be serrated or lobed.
Flowering occurs from late spring to early summer, when conspicuous, tubular, fragrant, whitish-pink blooms develop in the leaf axils. As they age, the flowers turn creamy yellow.