Story: Weeds of the bush

Himalayan honeysuckle

Himalayan honeysuckle

Himalayan honeysuckle (Leycesteria formosa) grows up to 3 metres high in areas of open forest, for instance where there has been a landslide, quickly replacing native species. It can penetrate untouched forest by colonising the gaps where natural light filters through. Honeysuckle was first introduced to New Zealand as an ornamental garden plant in 1878.

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Bob Brockie, 'Weeds of the bush - Trees and shrubs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 February 2023)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 18 Apr 2016