Japanese honeysuckle from Megan, South Carolina

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Dear Dr. Hill:

Could you please help me identify the vine in the attached photo? It is growing along the ground and up trees in the backyard of an older house my brother recently moved into. The vines are many feet long and when pulled up have roots along them. For now, it seems to be in the wooded part of the yard (pines, oaks, hollies..and other smaller trees and bushes), but creeping into the lawn. We are in Sumter County, SC. I have not seen any blossoms yet. I can take more pictures if necessary. Thanks in advance for sharing your time and knowledge.


Hi Megan,

I’m afraid that your vine is the noxious weedy vine Japanese honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica. It can take over an area and crowd out native plants.  I would suggest that you try to pull it all out because it can really become a problem. Keep after it until it is all gone … it can be very aggressive.


Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

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