Yellow Honeysuckle
Yellow Honeysuckle

Yellow Honeysuckle

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Lonicera reticulata, 5 Gallon

Exposure: Full Sun-Partial Shade
Soil:
Medium-Medium Wet
Mature Height:
10 feet
Mature Width:
15 feet

Description: Is it a shrub? A vine? This native honeysuckle can't make up its mind. Yellow blooms are produced at the end of May through the beginning of June with attractive red fruit in August. Lonicera grows in normal garden soil but requires at least 1/2 day of sun to do well. Not aggressive.

Attracts: The flowers of Yellow Honeysuckle are cross-pollinated by the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, Hummingbird Clearwing moths (Hemaris spp.), bumblebees, Anthophorine bees (Anthophora spp.), and other long-tongued bees. Other floral visitors include Green Metallic bees and Syrphid flies, which are less effective at cross-pollination because of their small size and mouth parts. Grape Honeysuckle, like other other native honeysuckles, is a host plant of several kinds of insects that feed on the foliage, suck plant juices, etc. These insect feeders include the the caterpillars of such moths as Alucita hexadactyla (Six-Plume Moth), Callizzia amorata (Gray Scoopwing), Hemaris diffinis (Snowberry Clearwing), Hemaris thysbe (Hummingbird Clearwing)Homohadena badistriga (Brown-Lined Sallow), Phyllonorycter fragilellaPhyllonorycter mariaeella, and Ypsolopha dentella (Honeysuckle Moth). It also includes such aphids as Alphitoaphis lonicericolaGypsoaphis oestlundi, and Hyadaphis foeniculi (Honeysuckle Aphid); and the larvae of Zaraea inflata (Honeysuckle Sawfly). Songbirds occasionally eat the reddish berries, including the Cedar Waxwing, Brown Thrasher, Catbird, Veery, Yellow-Breasted Chat, Purple Finch, and various thrushes. The foliage of honeysuckle vines provide cover and nesting habitat for various songbirds as well. White-Tailed Deer browse on the foliage.