Shrub to 2 m tall Leaves: opposite, short-stalked, 3 - 5 cm long, oblong to narrowly elliptic with a rounded base and rounded to pointed tip, softly hairy beneath. Flowers: in pairs, axillary, on 5 - 15 mm long, hairy stalks, fragrant. Bractlets hairy. Sepals short, fringed with hairs. Corolla white, turning yellowish, 1.5 cm long, tubular, five-lobed (upper lip four-lobed, divided to base; lower lip a single lobe), hairy outside. Stamens five. Fruit: a few-seeded berry, in pairs, reddish orange, over 0.5 cm long, rounded. Twigs: hollow. Form: upright and widely spreading.
Similar species: Lonicera x muscaviensis is similar but its calyx lobes, bractlets, and bracts bear stalked glands.
Flowering: May to June
Habitat and ecology: Introduced from Asia. This uncommon shrub has escaped from cultivation and may be found in a variety of habitats, including woods, woodland edges, thickets, roadsides, railroad right-of-ways, meadows, and weedy disturbed streambanks.
Occurence in the Chicago region: non-native
Etymology: Lonicera is named after Adam Lonicer (1528-1586), a German botanist and author. Morrowii is named after Dr. James Morrow, a 19th century agriculturist.