Two species of honeysuckles have been growing in this location. The leggy bush, which is growing closer to the road, is Morrow’s honeysuckle. Growing within the interior of this plot, is the vine honeysuckle, which has a paper-like bark and gold and silver flowers. Both are non-native and invasive. However, these honeysuckles are a mixed bag and each species will be treated differently.

Non-native honeysuckles are not all bad. One study found The abundance of fruit-eating birds … is linked to the abundance of honeysuckle, … Honeysuckle comprises more than half of all the fruits available in the landscape, and it benefits birds by providing them with a source of food in the fall.

Our plan is to eliminate the honeysuckle vine as part of the effort to control English ivy and glossy buckthorn in the interior and replace Morrow’s honeysuckle with the native trumpet honeysuckle (not trumpet-creeper vine, which is invasive).

Source: https://www.psu.edu/news/research/story/invasive-plants-can-create-positive-ecological-change-study-finds/

Learn about the HLFM Land Trust efforts to inhibit the growth of honeysuckle and other invasive species on the museum properties.