Lonicera tatarica Caprifoliaceae
Tatarian Honeysuckle, Tartarian Honeysuckle
- Deciduous shrub, about 6-12 ft (2-3 m) tall and 10 ft (3 m) wide, habit upright, multi-stemmed, dense twiggy mass. Leaves opposite, simple, ovate-ovate-lanceolate, 4-6 cm long, 2.5-4 cm wide, base rounded or cordate, margin entire, bluish-green in summer; emerge in winter or early spring, Flowers begin to appear after leaves start to unfold, 5-lobed, tubular, 2-2.5 cm long, borne in pairs along the stem in axils of leaves, color can vary with cultivar (dark red to white), not fragrant. Fruit yellow-orange to red, globose, 6 mm wide.
- Sun to part shade, few pests and diseases, however, the Russian aphid has rendered the plant a liability in the Midwest and east (Dirr, 1998). Caution: Birds spread the seeds and it may become weedy and is considered an invasive species, not recommended in many areas.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 3 Native to southern Russia, Turkestan.
- A number of selections, including: L. t. var. alba, or Alba, which has pure white flowers; Arnold Red, has dark red flowers and large red fruit; Hack's Red, deep pruplish-red flowers.
- tatarica: of central Asia, formerly Tartary