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As stated/shown here previous I've been working with some marvelous sticks sent to me by my brother from TN...he owns 50 acres wooded property and that's where he gathers these beauties.

I honestly had never heard of the Japanese Honeysuckle Vine until he sent me a walking stick for my 80th birthday. And I am really intrigued by them.

I understand from talking to him and from reading on line Japanese Honeysuckle Vine (not to be confused with regular honeysuckle) is very invasive and a pest, to say the least. These parasite vines seemingly "seek" saplings in wooded areas and grow up/on the stem/trunk of the sapling eventually choking it to death. The "parent" sapling/tree is simply the support structure for the vine.

Now here's my question, which I hope someone can answer.

In the enclosed picture what is the outer surface? Is the "vine" portion only that which is shown curling up the original sapling or is everything shown the Japanese Honeysuckle Vine?

Thank you

-neb
 

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I think what you have is the vine wrapped around the sapling. I made the mistake of planting honeysuckle vine about 30 years ago, not knowing that it was invasive. I've been trying to kill it off for at least 10 years. None of what i have left is thicker than 3/4". Before I started cutting it back, I recall that some was thick enough that it was hollow in the center. The bark is always in long thin papery strips.
 
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