BUSH HONEYSUCKLE

FAMILY: Caprifoliaceae | GENUS: DIERVILLA

TYPE
  • Shrubs
  • Deciduous
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Moderate Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8

Plant Details

This is a small and relatively unknown group of shrubs native to eastern North America. Spreading by suckers, they are suitable for massing or as a ground cover. Oval, pointed leaves make an attractive backdrop for summertime clusters of small yellow flow- ers that look something like honeysuckle (Lonicera) blooms. Tough, hardy, and pest free; cut back in early spring to renew vigor. Not browsed by deer.

dwarf bush honeysuckle

diervilla lonicera

  • Native from Canada to North Carolina.
  • Forms a low mound 24 feet tall and wide.
  • Leaves are dark green above, a bit lighter beneath, 24 inches long.
  • Sulfur yellow, inches-long flowers appear all summer.
  • Copper produces flushes of copper-colored new foliage throughout the growing season.

georgia bush honeysuckle

diervilla rivularis

  • Native from North Carolina and Tennessee south to Georgia and Alabama.
  • Grows 6 feet tall and wide.
  • Dark green, fuzzy leaves are 23 inches long, turn yellow-red in autumn.
  • Clusters of lemon-yellow, inch-long flowers appear in June.
  • Summer Stars is a dwarf selection to 23 feet tall and a bit wider, with profuse trumpetlike flowers in sulfur yellow.

southern bush honeysuckle

diervilla sessilifolia

  • Same native range as Diervilla rivularis.
  • Grows 35 feet high with equal or greater spread.
  • Glossy green leaves to 6 inches long.
  • Sulfur-yellow flowers to inches long appear through much of summer.
  • Selection 'Butterfly' features deep yellow blooms and purple autumn foliage.
  • Cool Splash has leaves broadly edged in white.

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