While photographing wildflowers in the eastern Scarborough Bluffs region, I came across lots of honeysuckle:
Our principal honeysuckle shrub in this area is Tartarian Honeysuckle:
Morrow Honeysuckle, a native of Japan, is also common and frequently hybridizes with Tartarian Honeysuckle.
Berries of various colours are possible:
Amur Honeysuckle from western Asia is becoming more common:
As you can see in this photo, the fruit of Amur Honeysuckle can persist into winter:
As a child, we had a honeysuckle bush in the front yard and, one day, tempted by those candy-looking berries, I ate one. An awful taste and I’ve never tried another.
Tartarian Honeysuckle berries are toxic and Amur Honeysuckle berries are even worse being poisonous to human beings.
The patient fisher takes his silent strand,
Intent, his angle trembling in his hand:
With looks unmov’d, he hopes the scaly breed,
And eyes the dancing cork and bending reed. – Alexander Pope (1688–1744)