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Old 06-05-2010, 01:06 PM   #1
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I went wondering a bit and found two berry bushes I don't know. They were growing inside of one another suggesting one is a weed, and the other was intentionally planted.

The first has orange berries. They remind me of gooseberries but the leaves say honeysuckle. The second has red berries that are smaller than the orange ones.
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Old 06-05-2010, 01:13 PM   #2
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not really sure, the second picture is quite blurry. It would help if we knew what they tasted like...just kidding!

How tall were the plants? Hard to tell from the picture but it almost looks like the second berries are just younger versions of the first one.
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They were growing together as a great big bush maybe 10 feet tall and round. Someone had actually landscaped with this plant. I saw a few of them around.
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Compare it to Lonicera tatarica - Tartarian honeysuckle. This is a very invasive shrub type honeysuckle. Birds spread it far and wide.
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Are Shrub Honeysuckles Bad? Whoops! They're all over my back "40".
Just curious...
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I don't think plants are ever good or bad but some do a lot of ecological damage..... this would be one we'd want to remove whenever possible. It's right up there with garlic mustard and kudzu robbing wildlife of "nutritious" food sources. It's a lot like buckthorn.... it gets in to an understory and takes over. It leafs out earlier than our native plants.... which effectively blocks sunlight to the understory that our mighty oaks and other native plants need to be able to perpetuate their species. No sunlight to the understory and no acorns.... or any other seeds that our wildlife depend on for survival.... will germinate. Some of the Asian bush honeysuckles are allelopathic (they send out the equivalent of poisons into the surrounding soil killing off competition by inhibiting germination and its resistant to its own toxins). Don't feel bad if you've got gazillions of them... little strokes fell great oaks and all and they're pretty shallow rooted and easy to get rid of. Once I figured out I was loaded with them.... I was overwhelmed and started by cutting off the berrying tops so the birds wouldn't spread them farther. Then I went in with a riding lawn mower and started yanking them out. For the smaller ones some people use weed wrenches and honeysuckle poppers to get them out of the ground non-chemically so we don't end up accidentally poisoning our little critters. So ya... Asian honeysuckles should probably be sent to plant heaven every chance we get, The Nature Conservancy in Indiana - Asian Bush Honeysuckle.
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The second photo may be autumn olive, which is invasive, or, less likely, a silverberry.
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Are Shrub Honeysuckles Bad? Whoops! They're all over my back "40".
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The Japanese honeysuckles have spread extensively here in south central PA. They are over-running the state game lands. That's probably what you are seeing in your back 40.
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Both photos have pairs of bluish curled leaves, purplish stems, star like ends on the berries and the berry stems themselves come out right above where the leaf stem emerges. They look to be one and the same, only one is more ripened to a red coloration.
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Both photos have pairs of bluish curled leaves, purplish stems, star like ends on the berries and the berry stems themselves come out right above where the leaf stem emerges. They look to be one and the same, only one is more ripened to a red coloration.
Would fruit really ripen in sections of the plant first like that? Or perhaps it's just multiple of the same plant.
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