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Southern bush honeysuckle

Diervilla sessilifolia 'Butterfly'

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Southern bush honeysuckle has an attractive thicket-forming habit. Glossy green leaves with tapered tips emerge tinged with bronze and mature to mid-green on reddish stems. Sulfur-yellow flowers in terminal clusters to 3 inches across appear in summer.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSpreads by suckers. Native to the southeastern U.S. Useful in masses, in the shrub border, or open woodland garden.

CareGrow in fertile, well-drained soil. Tolerates poor conditions. Cut back in late winter for best flower production.

PropagationFrom suckers in early and mid-spring. Root softwood cuttings in summer.

ProblemsPowdery mildew and fungal spot.

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