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Diervilla lonicera (Northern bush honeysuckle)

Diervilla lonicera Photo/Illustration: David Cavagnaro


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name:Diervilla lonicera dy-er-VIL-lah lon-ISS-er-ah Common Name: Northern bush honeysuckle 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.


Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun Only;Full Sun to Part Shade;Part Shade 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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