Amur Honeysuckle is a noxious woody shrub, introduced in southern Ohio in the late 1950's, but now rampant across the state and throughout much of the Eastern United States. A native of northeastern Asia, this vigorous, invasive shrub has displaced many native shrubs with its aggressive growth and ability to abundantly reseed itself in neighboring areas via bird-dispersed fruits.
With a rapid growth rate, tolerance of sun or shade, and ability to withstand heat, drought, and severe winter cold, one could incorrectly assume that this is a well-adapted native shrub. Amur Honesuckle has an arching growth habit, reaching 15 feet tall and 15 feet wide in about ten to fifteen years of growth. As a member of the Honeysuckle Family, it is related to the Elderberries, Viburnums, Wiegelas, and all other Honeysuckles.
Potential Problems - Amur Honeysuckle has no significant disease or pest problems. However, it will take over an area within a few years of initial seeding, by a combination of its rapid growth rate, arching growth habit, and ability to prolifically reseed itself nearby. The only positive in terms of control is that its root system is shallow during the first several years of its life, so plants can literally be pulled up or dug out with relative ease, if caught early enough.
Amur honeysuckle is highly invasive and should not be planted in Ohio.