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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