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- For an article on the New Zealand honeysuckle tree see Rewarewa.
Lonicera x bella
Lonicera x heckrottii
Lonicera x minutiflora
Lonicera x notha
Lonicera x xylosteoides
Ref: ITIS 35281
Honeysuckles (genus Lonicera) are arching shrubs or twining vines, many with sweetly-scented, bell-shaped flowers. There are over 180 species of honeysuckle, the most common of which are Lonicera periclymenum (European honeysuckle), Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle, White honeysuckle, or Chinese honeysuckle) and Lonicera sempervirens (Coral honeysuckle, Trumpet honeysuckle, or Woodbine honeysuckle).
Japanese honeysuckle and Amur Honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) are considered invasive weeds in the United States, Japanese honeysuckle also in New Zealand. Honeysuckle can be controlled by cutting, flaming, or burning the plant to root level and repeating on two week increments until nutrient reserves in the roots are depleted. Honeysuckle can also be controlled through annual applications of glyphosate, or through grubbing if high labor and soil destruction are not of concern.
Lonicera periclymenum (European honeysuckle) is an uncommon homeopathic remedy, used for irritability with violent outbursts.
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