Shrub to 6 m tall Leaves: opposite, 3 - 6 cm long, oval with a rounded base and blunt or pointed tip, slightly hairy beneath. Flowers: in pairs, borne on a 0.5 - 1.5 cm long, sparsely hairy axillary stalk. Calyx short, five-lobed. Corolla pink, fading yellow, more than 13 mm long, tubular, five-lobed, hairless outside. Stamens five. Fruit: a few-seeded berry, in pairs, reddish orange. Twigs: hollow. Form: upright.
Similar species: Lonicera x muendeniensis is similar but its corolla only grows to 13 mm long.
Flowering: May to early June
Habitat and ecology: Escaped from cultivation. Frequent along fencerows, in waste places, and in woods.
Occurence in the Chicago region: non-native
Etymology: Lonicera is named after Adam Lonicer (1528-1586), a German botanist and author. Bella means pretty, handsome.
Hybrid of nos. 4 [Lonicera tatarica L.] and 6 [Lonicera morrowii A. Gray], often taller, to 6 m; lvs slightly hairy beneath; peduncles 5-15 mm, sparsely hairy; cor and margins of the sep glabrous; cor pink, fading yellow. Escaped from cult. and well established in parts of our range, as in Mich., Wis., and Minn.
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.