michael conway wrote:I'm looking for advice for another plant that would mimic the honeysuckles ecological functions ...
1st, what's your location?
2nd, we have honeysuckle and it's very invasive so you don't really want to mimic that. Between honey suckle and the Japanese barberry almost nothing can grow on the forest floor.
3rd, what else it growing near by?
michael conway wrote:The Adirondacks are not a forest known for the most plants with edible fruits so i'm trying to learn what would survive the winters here (zone 4) that could provide me with some food or medicinal yields.
You have tons of options! Hazelnuts, blueberry, small fruit trees... other nut trees...
Cj Verde wrote:
In general I agree but the honeysuckle / Japanese barberry is really nasty.
I am planting some Eleagnus types (Goumi, Autumn Olive). At least they're productive.
Yeah I don't like the honeysuckle either, it's not really useful for anything. I do see autumn olives filling the same niche as them in the wild, and it's a much more useful plant.
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