Tartarian Honeysuckle - Lonicera tatarica

    Description

    A bushy, deciduous shrub to 2 m tall with pairs of oval, mid- to dark green untoothed leaves 3 to 6 cm long. It has the usual tubular honeysuckle flowers usually borne in pairs, and which are about 1.5 cm long with their stamens and styles protruding They are often pink or reddish pink in colour, although may be paler. The flowers are followed by red berries borne in pairs.

    Identification difficulty
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    Habitat

    Occurs as an escape from cultivation, either as a throw out or bird-sown in hedges and rough ground where it can establish and become naturalised.

    When to see it

    Flowers borne in late spring and early summer.

    Life History

    Deciduous shrub.

    UK Status

    Widespread scattered records in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rarely recorded in the wild in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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