Standish's honeysuckle USDA PLANTS Symbol: LOST2
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Shrub or Subshrub
Lonicera standishii Jacques

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Dipsacales: Caprifoliaceae
Native Range: China (REHD, BAIL);

Lonicera standishii is an upright, shallow-rooted deciduous shrub that grows up to about 8 ft (2.4 m) tall. It is the only nonnative honeysuckle with a solid pith. It has pale, shredding bark. L. standishii is native to temperate Asia.
The opposite leaves are ovate to oblong with smooth, rolled down margins. They have a blunt or short pointed tip. The leaves right below the inflorescence encircle the stem.
The white flowers are showy and fragrant. It blooms from February to March.
Fruit are bright red berries, about 0.25 in (0.6 cm) in diameter. The berries are eaten and spread by wildlife.
Ecological Threat
L. standishii invades a variety of habitats, displacing native shrubs and herbaceous plants, and limiting tree regeneration. It leafs out early and remains green longer than many native plants. L. standishii can deplete soil moisture and nutrients. It is allelopathic, so it can inhibit the growth of nearby plants.

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Foliage; Leaves
John M. Randall, The Nature Conservancy,
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EDDMapS Distribution:
This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit

State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

U.S. National Parks where reported invasive:
Colonial National Historical Park (Virginia)

Invasive Listing Sources:
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, 1994.
Jil M. Swearingen, Survey of invasive plants occurring on National Park Service lands, 2000-2007
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2005