The Black Twinberry (Lonicera Involucrata)

The Black Twinberry (Lonicera involucrata) is a deciduous shrub native to North 

America, found predominantly in moist and wet environments such as forest edges, marshes, and stream banks. Recognized by its striking yellow trumpet-shaped flowers, the Black Twinberry can grow up to 10 feet tall and wide, presenting itself with opposite pairs of leaves and a smooth, bark-like texture. These vibrant flowers later give way to inky-black berries encased in deep red bracts, often consumed by various species of birds and wildlife.

While attractive, the Black Twinberry is more than just a visual delight; it is essential to its ecosystem. The nectar-rich flowers attract pollinators, including hummingbirds and bees, while the dense thickets provide shelter for smaller animals. Though the berries are inedible to humans, they offer an essential food source for local fauna. The shrub’s hardiness and adaptability to various soil types make it popular for restoration projects and landscaping in native plant gardens.

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