Deciduous shrub 1-3 m high. The shoots are hollow. The bark of young shoots is yellowish-brown, covered with small dark lentils; in old shoots, the bark is gray, peeled off in strips. The leaves are ovate or oblong-ovate, 3-6 cm long, whole-edged. The flowers are paired, up to 2 cm long, with a double corolla of white or pink color, located in the axils of the leaves. Tatar honeysuckle blooms in May-June. The fruits are spherical, red or orange, often fused in pairs at the base, with a diameter of about 6 mm, ripen in July — August. Inedible, bitter to the taste.