Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Native Michigan Honeysuckle

 Northern bush honeysuckle is slightly drought-resistant and grows in rocky, slightly acidic soils in partial to full shade in Michigan. Deep green leaves provide an autumn show by turning shades of yellow and red.  This is often seen growing wild and CAN BE VERY INVASIVE as it can attach and wind itself around other plants and trees.  The Northern Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera) has a long life span relative to most other plant species and a slow growth rate.  The Northern Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera) is not commonly available from nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by bare root, container, seed. It has a slow ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have medium vigor.  The honeysuckle plant does attract bees to the garden and the flowers have a lovely sweet fragrance.  A good choice for naturalized areas.

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