Northern bush honeysuckle

Diervilla lonicera

Photo/Illustration: 
David Cavagnaro
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Northern bush honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera)
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Genus:  Diervilla
While not a true honeysuckle ( Lonicera spp. and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 3-10), Northern bush honeysuckle has honeysuckle-like yellow flowers and glossy green foliage on a native, deciduous shrub 3 to 4 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide. The flowers appear in early summer and last through summer, and the foliage occasionally exhibits bright red fall color.
Care:  Northern bush honeysuckle prefers full sun to partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil. Prune back to basic framework in early spring, further for rejuvenation.
Propagation:  This shrub suckers from the base. Suckers can be separated from the parent plants in spring and replanted.
Problems:  Powdery mildew can be a problem.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Yellow Flower
Style
Slopes and Hillsides,
Summer Interest
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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