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Lonicera villosa is a deciduous shrub that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
N. America - Newfoundland to Alaska, south to Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and California.
Peaty or rocky barrens, bogs and bushy places[
], especially on limestone.
Prefers a good moist soil in a sunny position, fruiting less well when grown in the shade[
Closely related to L. caerulea[
Fruit - raw or preserved[
]. A milder flavour than most edible honeysuckles, they can be eaten raw but are mainly used in making jams, jellies and refreshing drinks[
]. There is a distinct bitterness in the flavour, even when fully ripe[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 2 months cold stratification[
] and should be sown as soon as possible in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with or without a heel, mid summer in a frame. Good percentage[
Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 15 - 20cm with or without a heel, late autumn in a cold frame. Good percentage[
Layering in autumn[