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  1. Lost in mn

    Lost in mn Well-Known Member

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    I was walking around my property and found these bushes with bright orange tiny clear berries on them. I have no idea what they may be. Looked all over and no one knows what they are. Any Ideas? Extreme Northern Minnesota

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    I'm going to go out on a limb here (excuse the pun) & say it's Bella Bush Honeysuckle (Lonicera x bella) based on the untoothed, opposing leaves & the shape. It is an invasive species.

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    Species comparisons: Left: L. morrowii, Center: L. x bella, Right: L. tatarica
     

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    Lost in mn Well-Known Member

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    Hmm i'm not sure, the berries are blaze orange with a clear skin, you can see the seed inside it. Honeysuckle produces more of a reddish berry. We have several types of bushes with red berries but nothing like this here bush. I mean you can see it from 100 yards away the berries are so bright in color.

    The leaves on this plant almost have a rust hue to them as you can see in the close up pictures.

    Update: Oh I think you were right looks to be a Lonicera tatarica. but what the heck is it doing in Minnesota?
    It is supposed to be native to the west coast from cali to alaska lol
     
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    Actually it is native to Asia & the berries transition from orange to red as the mature.

    According to the USDA, you are smack-dab in the middle of the North American distribution:

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    Someone Knows how to google!!!! lol thanks for the info.
     
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    Glad to help. Broadens my knowledge of plants in the far north as well...
     
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    it's just so strange I have no idea how the thing got out there it's 1000' off the hwy on private property. Supposedly they are not able to survive sub- 30f temps. Guess I will have to update the Wikipedia as we had several days of -40f or colder last winter.
    Worlds first Frozen Death proof Honeysuckle lol
     
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    Here is a trivia fact for Siberia:..

    I was in WI once in winter... 3 weeks during which the high was -27. It actually hurt to go outside to check my truck. I wasn't planning on staying there that long, but the cold blew out the seals on my transmission it took that long to get it towed & fixed...
     
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    LOL that's only 7 degrees colder than shorts weather lol. I've been out in as cold as -53f and you are right it hurts. In hurts to breathe, it hurts to move when you have 98lbs of clothing on and your eyelids and nostrils freeze closed. I live 10 miles from the coldest ever recorded temp in the lower 48 states -64f in 1996 brrrrrr. Officially they said it was -57f but the thermometer froze and broke at -57f so that's where they stopped it.

    The difference between -20f and -50f is unbelievable, I have literally used a quart of oil as a hammer in temps that cold lol.

    Wait why do I live up here? lol
     
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    Peace & solitude from the masses???
     
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    YAY! You nailed it!!!
     
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    I think you're right about that. @Lost in mn is the only person I know that lives there... MN population 1. :D
     

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