An erect, branching shrub, 2 to 8 feet high, the branches and twigs with opposite, elliptical or elliptical-oblong leaves, rather thick and firm when mature, glaucous and reticulate-veined, smooth when mature, downy-pubescent, but not ciliate when young. Flowers in pairs on axillary stalks which are as long or longer than the flowers. Corolla strongly two-lipped, yellowish or purplish within, three-fourths of an inch long, tube of the corolla enlarged on one side at the base. Stamens five, attached to the tube of the corolla within. Fruit consisting of two fleshy, bright-red berries at the summit of each peduncle, remaining distinct or more or less grown together.
In bogs and swamps, New Brunswick to Manitoba, south to Pennsylvania, Michigan and Minnesota. Flowering in May and June.
Memoir 15 N. Y. State Museum
B. Swamp Fly Honeysuckle - Lonicera oblongifolia
The Early Fly Honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis Marshall), of moist and rich rocky woodlands, has thin, green, ciliate leaves and yellow or greenish yellow flowers, appearing with the leaves in April or early May. It is also a small shrub, 2 to 5 feet high.