The Lonicera involucrata is a deciduous, fast-growing shrub grows 2-7 feet high and has elliptical, pointy, bright green leaves. The paired flowers are small, yellow, and tubular. They mature into small, glossy, black berries framed by burgundy colored bracts.
Moist, open sites usually near streams or other bodies of water. Grows in partial to full shade, rarely in full sun. Tolerant of shallow flooding early in growing season, prefers loamy soils.
Flowers provide a nectar source for hummingbirds. Birds and other wildlife eat berries and twigs; leaves are browsed by deer.