Japanese Honeysuckle
Lorenzo Meza

As an 1806 introduction, Japanese honeysuckle seemed like a good idea, as it was ornamental and provided erosion control.1 Now the plant is considered an invasive across the eastern United States. The aggressive vines form smothering mats in natural areas, and can even girdle young trees. The native coral honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens, is a pretty substitute.