|Botanical Name||Lonicera japonica|
DescriptionVigorous climbing vine, stems purplish when young. Leaves entire, roughly oval in outline to deeply lobed, lighter green below. Tube-like flowers white to yellow, in axillary pairs, fragrant, Sep-May. Berries black.
Where is it found?Shrublands, forest margins, disturbed or secondary forest, wetland margins, coastal areas and inshore islands, roadsides, farm hedges, wasteland, rough pasture, modified lowland forest. More vigorous in deeper valley soils.
Why is it a problem?Infests forests but has most impact climbing over shrublands or low canopy trees, especially on forest margins. May form a complete blanket over small trees and shrubs e.g. manuka, hebe and ribbonwood in coastal situations. An increasingly troublesome species of shrubland, forest margins and open roadsides.
How does it spread?Roads are primary dispersal routes, exotic plantations, modified forests and township wastelands are typical bulking-up sites. Dispersed by birds and to some degree road machinery.
How do I get rid of it?
Physical control can be counter-productive because nodes broken off will resprout. Grazing can be effective.
Compost or bury. Plants may resprout if mulched.
Handgun 600 ml/100 l water
For further information please refer to Environment Bay of Plenty's Fact Sheet on Climbing Plants.
This plant is prohibited from propagation, sale and distribution with New Zealand!