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Diervilla Bush Honeysuckle

Diervilla - Bush Honeysuckle

Diervilla, commonly known as bush honeysuckle, is a deciduous shrub valued for its adaptability and hardiness. With a mature height ranging from 2 to 4 feet, this compact shrub exhibits a dense, spreading habit. The leaves are opposite, serrated, and generally green, contributing to the plant’s simple yet functional appearance. Recognized for its ability to thrive in a variety of soil types, including well-drained, dry, or rocky soils, making it suitable for different landscaping environments.

Blooming in late spring to early summer, they produce clusters of tubular, yellow flowers that attract pollinators. The flowers are modest and contribute to the shrub’s overall utilitarian aesthetic. Additionally, the plant develops small, elongated fruits that add subtle interest. Diervilla’s resilience and capacity to grow in challenging conditions make it a practical choice for low-maintenance landscapes or naturalized areas.


They pair well with a variety of plants that complement its hardiness and adaptability. When considering companion plants, choose species that thrive in similar growing conditions. Low-maintenance ground covers such as creeping juniper (Juniperus horizontalis) or sedum varieties can create a visually appealing contrast with Diervilla’s spreading habit. Ornamental grasses like Panicum virgatum or Calamagrostis acutiflora can add texture and height variation to the landscape.

Pairing them with native wildflowers such as coneflowers (Echinacea) or black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) can contribute to a more naturalized and biodiverse garden. Additionally, incorporating spring-blooming bulbs like daffodils or tulips can provide seasonal interest without competing with the shrub’s understated appearance.

Ultimately, choosing companion plants that share similar soil preferences and adaptability to different environmental conditions ensures a harmonious and well-integrated garden design.

Kodiak Red is a cultivar of bush honeysuckle featuring red foliage that transitions to green as the season progresses. It possesses hardiness and adaptability, suitable for diverse soil types.

Kodiak Orange is a bush honeysuckle variety with orange-colored leaves that contribute a bright element to garden settings. Similar to other  cultivars, Kodiak Orange is resilient and adaptable to various soil types.

Kodiak Black is a cultivar known for its dark purple to black foliage, providing a bold contrast in garden designs. Its compact and has a spreading habit.

Kodiak Fresh is distinguished by its bright green foliage, maintaining the resilience and adaptability associated with the species. Its compact growth habit makes it suitable for diverse garden settings.

Nightglow is a hybrid variety displaying deep burgundy to purple foliage, adding a sophisticated touch to landscapes. It is valued for its adaptability and low-maintenance nature, consistent with other varieties.

Height: 2′ – 4′

Width: 2′ – 4′

Watering and soil: Well drained infertile soil.

Exposure: Full sun is best.

Varieties: Kodiak series, Nightglow.

Category: Sun Perennials – Sun Plants – Sunny Plants – Shrubs – Deciduous Shrubs – Bush Honeysuckle near me – Diervilla

Diervilla bush Honeysuckle
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