Southern bush honeysuckle

Diervilla sessilifolia 'Butterfly'

Photo/Illustration: 
David Cavagnaro
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Southern bush honeysuckle (Diervilla sessilifolia 'Butterfly')
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Genus:  Diervilla

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 Characteristics: 

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

Care: 

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

Propagation: 

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

Problems: 

Powdery mildew and fungal spot.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Native
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

Diervilla sessilifolia 'Butterfly'