The Japanese Honeysuckle
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This paper briefly discusses how the popular vine, known in Japanese as "suikazura," seems innocuous enough since it has no thorns or snarls, no intimidating sharpness and can be found growing commonly in gardens across the nation, particularly in the South and rural Midwest. In particular, the paper looks at how unfortunately, for all its delicate beauty and nostalgic sweetness, Japanese honeysuckle is also one of the most tenacious invasive plant species in United States history. It examines how each year, the rampant spread of Japanese honeysuckle causes millions of dollars in economic and agricultural damage and countless man hours in devotion to chopping, burning, digging, and otherwise weeding out this formidable pest.
From the Paper:"Japanese honeysuckle was first introduced in the West in the early 1800s as "Halliana" or "Hall's honeysuckle," an exotic variation on the native American honeysuckle species. First popular in New York, it sold quickly as a novelty import from Japan, which had just recently lifted its centuries-long ban on international trade. The vine was eagerly promoted by nurseries and florists as a unique decorative element. With small, sweet-smelling trumpeted flowers of stark white and pale yellow, dainty oval leaves, and hardy green vines perfect for wrapping around trellises and pillars, it appealed to recreational gardeners across the East coast. "
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