In Illinois, this shrub should not be cultivated because it invades natural areas and reduces biodiversity. An effective biocontrol agent remains to be discovered. Tartarian Honeysuckle can be distinguished from other honeysuckle shrubs by the color of its flowers (when they are pink) and the lack of hairs on its leaves. During the fall, the berries of Tartarian Honeysuckle are held on pedicels about ¾-1" long, while other honeysuckle shrubs often have shorter pedicels (½" or less). There is at least one cultivar of Tartarian Honeysuckle that has red flowers.