The plants of the Honeysuckle Family are either shrubs or vines with usually simple opposite leaves. The flowers are in 5 parts with petals joined making a tubular corolla which often flares at the end. There are 4 to 5 distinct stamens and an inferior ovary. The fruit is a fleshy berry. (Dale 89).
There are about 14 genera and about 400 species in the Northern Temperate Zones. Many are grown as ornamentals. (Dale 89).