This unremarkable shrub of roadsides, hedgerows and laneways, is a twiggy, straggly plant which reaches over 2.5m high, forming large thickets, spreading by suckers. It produces tiny pink funnel-shaped 5-petalled flowers (4-6mm across) in short, terminal racemes from June to September. Its oval leaves are small and untoothed. In autumn it has round white berries (1.5-2cm diameter) which contain 2 seeds. This is a plant which was introduced from North America and it belongs to the family Caprifoliaceae.
I first identified this shrub in Dundrum, Co Dublin in 1952 and photographed it in Ballitore, Co Kildare in 2008.
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