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Lonicera etrusca is a species of honeysuckle known by the common name Etruscan honeysuckle. It is native to Europe and it is known elsewhere, including the Pacific Northwest of North America, as an introduced species where it has escaped cultivation. It is kept in gardens as an ornamental plant. This is a deciduous perennial climber which can reach lengths of 6 meters. It is lined with oval leaves several centimeters long and bears dense spikes of flowers with pairs of fused leaves at the bases. Each flower has an elongated tubular corolla up to 5 centimeters long divided partway into two lips. The flower is light yellow to pale reddish-pink. The stamens and style protrude from the flower’s mouth. The fruit is a bright red rounded berry.

The cultivars ‘Donald Waterer’[1] and ‘Superba’[2] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

Written on October 16th, 2012 , Fruits Tags:

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