Japanese Honeysuckle smothers, collapses and kills our native plants.
Japanese Honeysuckle (Caprifoliaceae – Lonicera japonica) spreads extremely quickly forming dense, layered mats which smother and collapse our native plants from the forest floor to mid-canopy. It provides a framework for other weedy climbers to invade further.
Japanese Honeysuckle is in our Dirty Dozen because it spreads and grows quickly, smothering and destroying our native plants.
How you can help…
You can remove it by hand pulling and hanging to dry in a tree or you can apply herbicide to remove them. We use MetGel to ‘ cut and paste’ the stump, for the best outcome you should cut just above the ground and quickly (within a few seconds) apply the gel. Try working in pairs, one cutting and the other pasting. Please always read the instructions on the label and wear protective clothing.
If you are in the Tutukaka area and need help or access to MetGel please contact us on text 022 526 1972 or email email@example.com – our team of weed surveyors and slayers are only too happy to assist!
For more information check out Northland Regional Council’s Pest Control Hub (click here) or Weedbusters (click here)