Saturday, April 01, 2006
We are the Mighty Shrub Honeysuckles!
Originally uploaded by urtica.
These are one of my least favorite signs of spring :-) - the shrub honeysuckles. One of the first woodies to leaf out in March (maybe tied with multiflora rose). There's a bit of frost damage on the tips of the leaves but something tells me it's not going to make much of a difference to this plant.
The hairy undersides of the leaves (click on the photo to go to a lrager version) indicate this is either Morrow's honeysuckle (L. morrowii) or Bell's honeysuckle (L. x bella), the hybrid between Morrow's and Tatarian (L. tatarica). You'll have to wait until it flowers to know more than that - Morrow's honeysuckle has white flowers while the hybrid Bell's honeysuckle has flowers in various shades of pink.
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