Canada Fly Honeysuckle – Lonicera Canadensis

General – a loosely branched or straggling shrub, up to1 m high, erect; branchlets green to purplish, smooth; shredding bark on older stems.

Canada Fly Honeysuckle Leaves – opposite; ovate to elliptic; thin, bright pale green; margins entire; surfaces essentially hairless; margins fringed with fine hairs.

Flowers – in drooping pairs from long, slender stalks; greenish-yellow, funnel-shaped, 12-18 mm long, 5 lobes; appearing in June.

Fruit – red berry in long-stalked, divergent pairs; ripening June to July.



Throughout NW Ontario’s boreal forest; occurring in a broad variety of forest habitats and a range of soil/site conditions, especially in fresh, hardwood dominated stands.


The Canada Fly Honeysuckle is less prone to mis-identification with other Lonicera. It is the only member of he genus with hairless leaf surfaces. However, non-flowering specimens may be confused with the Spreading Dogbane which has a milky sap while the Canada Fly Honeysuckle does not.