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Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Tatarian Honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica): Images

Date Location Notes Images
August 6, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire I may not ever be able to easily differentiate the honeysuckles. I will call this Tatarian Honeysuckle even though I’m not 100% certain. The pictures fit most of the description of Tatarian Honeysuckle such as glaborous (hairless) underside of leaves and branchlets. The peduncles (flower/fruit stalks) are 15-25mm long. Dense and twiggy shrub. Pith is white. The only problem is that the field guides say the leaves are up to 6.5cm long, but some of these leaves are 7.5cm long. Still it does not seem to even come close to fitting the description of any other Honeysuckles in the area. The following are the Honeysuckles that grow in New Hampshire and the reason (if any) that this plant is different:
  • Lonicera canadensis (American Fly Honeysuckle): Leaf margin has obvious hairs, fruit has more of a cone/triangular shape with each pair facing away from each other.
  • Lonicera villosa (Mountain Fly Honeysuckle): Leaves sessile (no petiole/leaf stem).
  • Lonicera dioica (Limber Honeysuckle: Leaves sessile (sometimes perfoliate), fruit often together in a cluster of six berries. Note: Perfoliate means that the leaves that are have no stalks, clasp the stem making it appear that the stem pierces the leaves.
  • Lonicera japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle): Grows as a woody vine. Black fruit. Broad, evergreen leaves with hairs beneath.
  • Lonicera korolkowii (Blueleaf Honeysuckle): Underside of leaves is blue-green in Spring (turns grayish at maturity) and pubescent (hairy).
  • Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet Honeysuckle): Semi-evergreen woody vine. Sessile leaves (or nearly so), last pair of leaves before flower/fruit is perfoliate, fruit red or orange on the outside and yellow on the inside.
  • Lonicera xylosteum (Dwarf Honeysuckle): Gray-green leaves, often obovate, but can be ovate and oval. Upper leave is glaborous, lower leaf is hairy. Fruit is scarlet.
  • Diervilla lonicera (Northern Bush-Honeysuckle): Finely-tooth leaves with acuminate tips. Fruit is a capsule.
  • Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s Honeysuckle): Leaves very pubescent (hairy) on the underside. Flower/fruit stalk (peduncle) is 5-15mm long. Leaf shape: oval. Branchlets pubescent.
  • Lonicera x bella (Bell’s Honeysuckle): Sparesely pubescent branchlets and leaf blades (underside). Flower/fruit stalk (peduncle) is 5-15mm long.
  • Lonicera tatarica (Tatarian Honeysuckle): Leaf blades and branchlets glaborous (hairless). Flower/fruit stalk (peduncle) is 15-25mm long.
I even expanded the search to all Honeysuckles listed in the Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts area:
  • Lonicera reticulata (Grape Honeysuckle): Leaves are sessile and uppermost opposite leaves are perfoliate and rounded at the tip.
  • Lonicera oblongifolia (Swamp Fly Honeysuckle): Leaves oblong -- long and tapers at base and tip. Erect shrub growing up to 4-1/2 feet high. Leave hairy/downy beneath.
  • Lonicera maackii (Amur Honeysuckle): Leave are ovate and acuminate (long tapering tip). Green above, paler and slighty hairy/fuzzy below.
  • Lonicera hirsuta (Hairy Honeysuckle): Perennial trailing or climbing deciduous vine. Upper leaf dark green and slightly hairy, lower surface is pale green and hairy. Margins hairy. Cluster of two berries subtended by a pair of olive-colored, saucer-shaped bracts.
  • Lonicera periclymenum (European Honeysuckle): Deciduous, twining vine. More than two berries grow together in large clumps.
Notice that the penduncles are longer than 15mm.
Date Location Notes Images
May 6, 2012 Southeastern, New Hampshire