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Lonicera involucrata

Twinberry

A tall, easy to grow shrub with pointed green deciduous leaves, this plant begins to bloom in May with twin yellow, tubular flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds to its nectar. The flowers give rise to dark berries surrounded by striking red bracts that are enjoyed by native songbirds and small mamals.

Benefits

Dainty yellow flowers attract hummingbirds
Summer and fall berries attract native birds
Easy to grow and tolerant of many growing sites
Flowers are a magnet for native butterflies
Drought tolerant but thrives in moist soils

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers average to moist well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Will tolerate considerable shade. Naturalizes through self-seeding and will form colonies over time.


Height
6-8 Feet

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Spread
6-8 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 6-8

Native Range

Well-drained soil areas from Alaska south to California and east from Montana south to New Mexico, along with Michigan and Wisconsin.

Native Trivia

The bark and berries of this plant had many uses for Native Americans including boiling to produce an eyewash, use as a dandruff preventative or even as a hair dye for those looking to hide their gray hair!


"Me and my Hummingbird friends love to snack on this bloom's delicious nectar!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Medium to Tall Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Wet
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Mammals
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Late Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Wet Sun
Native Habitat
Coastal
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Bog, water garden
Border
Hedge, screen
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Ornamental fruit
Native to
Arizona
California
Colorado
Idaho
Michigan
Montana
Nevada
New Mexico
Oregon
Utah
Washington
Wisconsin
Wyoming