Latin Name: Lonicera maackii (Rupr.) Herder
Common Name: Amur Honeysuckle
File #: MDARA00042AMHS_8_28_2014
Comments: The subcommittee recommended listing L. maackii as a restricted noxious weed. The lack of information on distribution and the difficulty for the lay person in distinguishing L. maackii from L. tatarica, L. morrowii, and L. x bella causes the committee to recommend listing all four species under the same category as restricted noxious weeds.
Trent Schumacher of Schumacher’s Nursery, Heron Lake, MN reports that he has not seen Amur honeysuckle naturalize in the prairie regions of Minnesota where he hunts and fishes. He also reports that Amur honeysuckle is a less-vigorous grower in his nursery than are the Tatarica hybrids and cultivars he grows (personal communication, Tim Power, 6-30-14).
Amur honeysuckle seeds can be purchased on the internet from on-line sellers in other states on websites such as Ebay and Etsy.
Plant is not native to Minnesota.
There are ornamental non-native honeysuckles (Lonicera xylosteum cultivars) sold that have not had their invasive potential assessed.
Alternatives listed in MIPN Landscape Alternatives brochure (note that not all are hardy in Minnesota):
Amelanchier spp. (serviceberry), Heptacodium miconioides (seven son flower), Kolkwitzia amabilis (beautybush), Calycanthus floridus (Carolina allspice), Sambucus canadensis (American elderberry), Sambucus pubens (American red elderberry), Lonicera dioica (red honeysuckle), Lonicera involucrata (twinberry), Stephanandra incise (cultleaf stephanandra).
Viburnums (Viburnum spp. – V. acerifolium, V. lentago, V. rafinesquianum, V. trilobum), the ninebarks (Physocarpus opulifolius), and the dogwoods (Cornus spp. – C. alternifolia, C. racemosa, C. sericea) can also be alternatives.
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