A twining, glaucous deciduous shrub, naturalised in woodland, scrub and hedgerows, perhaps establishing mainly from bird-sown seed from garden plants. Lowland.
L. caprifolium has been known in cultivation in Britain since at least 1596, and was recorded in the wild by 1763 (Cambs.). As with L. xylosteum, it was lost from most of its sites before 1930. However, it is less frequently cultivated now and most modern garden plants are L. x italica. This may explain the paucity of modern records of its hybrid with L. etrusca, L. caprifolium and even some of those mapped may represent misidentifications of the hybrid.
Native of E.C. and S.E. Europe from Italy eastwards, and of S.W. Asia; widely naturalised elsewhere in Europe.
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