Japanese honeysuckle climbing over trees and shrubs

Woody evergreen climber twining around tree trunk

Opposite oval-shaped leaves

Sweet-scented, creamy yellowish flowers

Scientific Name

Lonicera japonica Thunb.

Common Names

Japanese honeysuckle


China and Japan



Distinguishing Characteristics

This is a semideciduous vigorous climber or scrambling shrub, usually climbing into the canopy. Young stems are pubescence (having short, weak soft hairs).

Leaves are oval to lance shaped, glossy, leathery and deep green with a prominent central vein. The leaves are opposite. The leaf tip may be slightly pointed or broadly rounded. The leaf margins are entire and smooth. Both surfaces are sparsely hairy but upper surface becomes hairless with age.

Flowers are paired, white to creamy yellow, fragrant and the nectar is sweet to taste. 

Fruit is oval shaped and shiny black.


Sources & References

"Plantnet FloraOnline"   (2005)     http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/

"Flora of New South Wales" editor Gwen J. Harden, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

Prepared by Justin KY Chu, July 2005

Checked by IEWF, November 2006