Honeysuckle is the first to leaf out in the spring

Young oak trees found after clearing honeysuckle

Notes from the Field by NLI Stewardship Staff: Tyler Pellegrini, Restoration Ecologist

Today’s Notes From The Field: honeysuckle! NLI field staff have been busy clearing invasive Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) from our woodlands. These shrubs are easy to spot right now because they start producing bright green leaves earlier than most other species in the springtime woods. Honeysuckle spreads quickly and forms a dense layer in the understory, crowding out native species and preventing sunlight from reaching the ground. Check out the photos to see what even a small stand of honeysuckle can smother if not removed.

Bloodroot

Dutchmen’s breeches

Sharp-lobed hepatica