Lonicera japonica Thunb. Japanese Honeysuckle
Murray, Syst.Veg. Ed.14:216 (1784)

Conservation Code: Not threatened
Naturalised Status: Alien to Western Australia
Name Status: Current

Brief Description
Amanda Spooner, Wednesday 4 April 2007

Twining shrub or climber. Fl. white-cream-yellow, Oct to Dec. Sand over clay, lateritic loam, brown loam over clay or granite, silty alluvium. Along rivers, wet depressions.


Beard’s Provinces: South-West Province.

IBRA Regions: Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain, Warren.

IBRA Subregions: Dandaragan Plateau, Northern Jarrah Forest, Perth, Southern Jarrah Forest, Warren.

Local Government Areas (LGAs): Albany, Armadale, Augusta Margaret River, Collie, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Gingin, Harvey, Kalamunda, Manjimup, Mundaring, Murray, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Waroona.

Management Notes (for the Swan NRM Region)
Kate Brown and Karen Bettink, Monday 26 August 2019

General Biology. Growth form. Vine. Reproduction. Seed, stem fragments, stem layering. Dispersal. Birds, water, machinery and garden refuse, animals. Vegetative regeneration strategy. suckers,coppices/resprouts,stem layering. Fire response. stimulates new growth. May kill seedlings.

Notes. Highly invasive and aggressive, capable of eliminating all indigenous ground-flora and shrubs and preventing any regeneration. Stems branch continuously and a single stem may grown as much as 15 m annually.

Additional information. Origin. Japan, China, Korea. History of use/introduction. Garden escape. Similar exotic species. Lonicera fragrantissima, Lonicera periclymenum.

Suggested method of management and control. When soils are moist, hand pull seedlings and small plants ensuring removal of all root material then monitor for 1 year for regrowth; during warmer months, avoiding hot, dry periods, cut or scrape and paint stems - 100% glyphosate; spray regrowth 1.5% glyphosate; drill and fill with 100% glyphosate directly into root crown. Monitor for regrowth Read the manufacturers' labels and material safety data sheets before using herbicides. For further information consult the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to determine the status of permits for your situation or state.

Management Calendar

Calendar Type Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Comments
Flowering Y Y O         O Y Y Y Y  
Fruiting Y Y Y Y Y O         O Y Mature

Legend: Y = Yes, regularly, O = Occasionally, U = Uncertain, referred by others but not confirmed.



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