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Northern bush honeysuckle

Diervilla lonicera

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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.

CareNorthern bush honeysuckle prefers full sun to partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil. Prune back to basic framework in early spring, further for rejuvenation.

PropagationThis shrub suckers from the base. Suckers can be separated from the parent plants in spring and replanted.

ProblemsPowdery mildew can be a problem.

  • Genus : Diervilla
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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