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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 As its name wouldsuggest, the japanesehoneysuckle is native toJapan and parts of Korea. In 1906 Japanese honeysucklewas introduced to the United States from Japan for use as an ornamental plant Japanese Honeysuckle Lonicera japonica Forests with either natural or unnatural openings are often invaded by Japanese honeysuckle when birds dropseeds into these areas.Japanese honeysuckle readily invades open natural communities, often by seed spread by birds. Preferred Habitat The Japanese honeysuckle is a semi-evergreen vine with white and yellow tubular leaves, as pictured above. This aggressive vine seriouslyalters or destroys the layer ofvegetation below the main canopylayers of the communities it invades,including prairies, barrens,glades, flatwoods, savannas, floodplain and upland forests. Destruction of the Environment Japanese honeysuckle also mayalter bird populations in forest communities. Method of Control Ecological RestorationImprovements Efforts to control Japanesehoneysuckle infestations have included the following methods: mowing, grazing, prescribed burning and herbicides. While grazing and mowing reduce the spread of the stems, burningor a combination of burning and herbicide spraying appears to be the best way to get rid of this vine. The Japanese honeysuckle can in some cases do good. It has beenplanted widely throughout theUnited States for erosion control, and for wildlife habitat. This vine overgrows, smothers,and kills native shrubs. Will also reach into forest canopies, shading out most or all light for native trees.
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