Lonicera involucrata

Twinberry Honeysuckle

This open-structured shrub with chartreuse green foliage grows in moist areas of the coastal strand from Santa Barbara to the Arctic. It is noted for its interesting paired flowers and blue-black berries (which are edible fresh or dried). Twinberry blooms March through July, grows 5 to 8 feet tall and wide, and is deciduous in fall.

Wildlife value: Hummingbirds work the flowers. American Robins, Cedar Waxwings, Townsend’s Solitaires, Hermit Thrushes, towhees, thrashers, and many other birds eat the berries.