Bella Honeysuckle, Lonicera x bella
Caprifoliaceae or Honeysuckle Family
Leaves and flowers

Shrub, with narrow, oblong, hairy leaves opposite each other on the branch. Buds and flowers are pink, with sloppy-looking, wide-spreading petals.  Fruits in the autumn are red berries. Blooms in mid-spring. This plant is a hybrid of Morrow Honeysuckle (L. morrowii) and Tartarian Honeysuckle (L. tatarica). It's hybrid status signified by the "x" in its name. It much resembles Morrow Honeysuckle, but has the pink flowers of Tartarian.

Non-native shrub, often escaping into woodlands.  In Wildwood some plants have persisted from an earlier time when the Park was more developed and landscaped, but it seems to be becoming rare, crowded out by the equally alien Morrow honeysuckle.  

Morrow honeysuckle (L. morrowii) has white flowers turning yellow with age, that have petals in two groups, some go up and some go down. Amur honeysuckle ( L. maackii) has more oval leaves with long-pointed tips and white flowers. Japanese honeysuckle (L. japonica) is a vine with somewhat different flowers and black berries. Tartarian Honeysuckle (L. tatarica) has similar flowers, but the leaves and twigs are hairy.

Tartarian honeysuckle is on the oldest species lists we have of the Park, but when we've actually examined the specimens, they turned out to be Bella. Tartarian may have been planted in the Park, along with Morrow and Bella, but if so, it appears to have vanished.





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