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Plant ID help - honeysuckle?
« on: July 15, 2013, 06:53 PM »
Acquired this from a neighbour, they said it was honeysuckle, but I just wondered if anyone else has an opinion or worked with these before? Pics show the plant in the 3-gallon pot, close-up of trunk and close-up of leaves.

Thanks for the help!


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Re: Plant ID help - honeysuckle?
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2013, 10:45 PM »
Flowers or fruit would help, but it looks like Ligustrum vulgare / Common Privit

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Re: Plant ID help - honeysuckle?
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2013, 10:54 PM »
Looks like honeysuckle.  But, bark is either immature or something.  Could be a viburnum.


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Re: Plant ID help - honeysuckle?
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2013, 12:46 AM »
There are no flowers or anything on it now, I may have to wait until spring and see what we get. Thanks for the leads, I'll have to wait and see to be sure I suppose.

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Re: Plant ID help - honeysuckle?
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2013, 11:45 PM »
it looks like one of the shrub type honeysuckle species. Let it grow out and bloom next spring, the flowers will help determine which species it is. The most common in the midwest home landscapes (of the USA) is the Amur honeysuckle Lonicera maackii. In the eastern and midwest it has become an invasive species in some areas. It is very hardy, through zone 4, and grows fast. Another, which your plant could be is Lonicera alpigena, the alpine shrub honeysuckle. It is from Europe, and is widely planted as an ornamental. It can have smaller leaves than L. maackii, which might be a better fit to your photo. It too should be hardy, at least through zone 5, possibly zone 4. Another species it could very well be is Lonicera tatarica, the Tartarian Honeysuckle. Another shrub type that has become an invasive species in many areas of the USA. The above three are all very common in urban landscape plantings. There are others that are used, and then there are the native to USA species that are rarely used. Some are quite rare in the wild. Some have edible berries, some have mildly poisonous berries. None are poisonous enough to cause much more than mild to moderate stomach ache.

When it blooms take good pictures, and pictures of the fruit in late summer or early fall. It is flowers and fruit that distinguish the various species.

Shrubs with slender stems seldom thicken enough to make a convincing bonsai, unless you chop them very low and then create a shohin size specimen. Thick trunks, 40 or more years old, dug up from old landscape plantings can have really interesting features. Younger shrub plants take a long time to develop character in their trunks. But if you have the bench space, there is no reason not to try your hand with them. There is a short chapter on honeysuckle in Nick Lenz's book, Bonsai from the Wild.

They will have a tendancy to sprout multiple buds at a single point, which if all were allowed to grow would create knots of branches, and bulges in the trunk, giving some areas reverse taper. As they sprout in spring, select the one bud you want to have grow, rub, pinch or cut off the rest.

Hope this helps.