Tartarian Honeysuckle - Lonicera tatarica


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.

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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.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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