A chiller from Lisa from SC

It’s an invasive vine growing in the woods next to my home. It’s been wrapping around many of the smaller trees and chilling them.


this may be the plant I hate the most in many areas of eastern North America, the invasive Japanese Honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica.  I rip it out whenever I can.  It crowds out most any native plant it grows with.  I haven’t seen it chill a smaller tree yet, but it looks like it could kill one.  Sometimes it twines around a tree and leaves the stem looking like a helix, and these make nice walking sticks.  It is a lot of work, but the best way to get rid of it is to pull each vine at its base to pull up the roots, too, which are shallow.  Destroy the roots – if you let them sit on the ground they may grow again. Roundup could hurt neighboring desireable plants.

–Dr. Steven R. Hill, SCNPS Botanist

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