Japanese Honeysuckle

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Known for its sweet-smelling flowers, Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) is an evergreen climbing vine that will quickly smother native plants. It can cause canopy collapse and prevent regeneration of our forests as it competes with native plants for light and nutrients. Introduced to New Zealand for use as an ornamental hedging plant, it was first reported in the wild in 1926. Now found throughout the country, it is more widespread in the North Island. It grows readily in disturbed habitats and forest margins and is spread by birds eating its shiny black berries and distributing the seed through their droppings, by machinery or dumping of garden waste. To find out how to identify and get rid of Japanese honeysuckle from your garden, have a look at our video above or download our resources below.

 

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