Lonicera X bella

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Honeysuckle, by Richard Meiss.

Photography contest, Finalist.

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Lonicera X bella – Asian bush honeysuckle. Mr. Meiss writes, “This photo shows the coexisting ripe berries and new flowers of the Asian bush honeysuckle, an invasive species in the American midwest. This ‘second flowering’ in mid-September was induced by the very hot and dry summer of 2012. The phenomenon, an adaptation to environmental stress, was also widely noted in the British Isles; its prevalence is likely related to global warming. In this case, it may give a ‘leg up’ to an already-troublesome invasive species.”

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I wondered about this and did some looking around. Sure enough it is a hybrid cultivar; of Asiatic parent species L. morrowii and L. tatarica. The parent species and the hybrid are all considered invasive. I get the idea that L. tatarica is the most invasive. L. x Belli has the common name Bell’s bush honeysuckle, and its native home is in cultivation

I wondered about this and did some looking around. Sure enough it is a hybrid cultivar; of Asiatic parent species L. morrowii and L. tatarica. The parent species and the hybrid are all considered invasive. I get the idea that L. tatarica is the most invasive. L. x Belli has the common name Bell’s bush honeysuckle, and its native home is in cultivation

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