These three species of generally summer-fruiting bush honeysuckles are similar; L. bella is a hybrid of L. morrowii and L. tatarica. See this page for a discussion of bush honeysuckles in Michigan. See also identification tips in Mistaken Identity? Invasive Plants and their Native Look-alikes: an Identification Guide for the Mid-Atlantic (PDF) by the New York Botanical Garden.
Seeds are probably not distinguishable among these species.
| Typical bush honeysuckle seed; this one L. tatarica.|
| L. morrowii|
| L. tatarica|
| L. bella|
Fruit ripening dates for L. morrowii: June through August
Fruit ripening dates for L. tatarica: July through August
- Species profiles at USDA Plants Database: L. morrowii, L. tatarica, L. bella
- Michigan Flora online species profiles: L. morrowii, L. tatarica, L. bella
- Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of Illinois: L. morrowii, L. tatarica
- Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health, Invasive.org species profiles: L. morrowii, L. tatarica
- Comparison of non-native bush honeysuckles and key to species (PDF) - USDA Forest Service Report NRS52
- Overview of bush honeysuckles in Michigan
* Listed as invasive in natural areas by the Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States.
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