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Diervilla sessilifolia

Southern Bush Honeysuckle

Southern bush honeysuckle blooms in summer with yellow flowers that attract hummingbirds. The foliage isn’t bothered by pests or disease and stays attractive all season long. This is a tough plant that can withstand cold, wind, poor soil and drought. It spreads by rhizomes and works extremely well as a fast growing shrub for sunny steep banks. It is also at home in the border and in hot dry sites near buildings. This beautiful plant is a workhorse in the garden. 

Benefits

  • Soft yellow flowers attract hummingbirds in June and July
  • A valuable nectar plant for native bees and butterflies
  • Excellent for stabilizing steep banks, will spread
  • Tolerates hot dry conditions and extreme cold
  • Great for borders, foundations and mass plantings

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

It tolerates dry soil and performs well in full sun to partial shade. A tough plant for tough sites.


Height
3-5 ft

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Spread
3-5 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone 4-8

Native Range

Found in mountain woodlands, bluffs, stream banks, and road banks.

Native Trivia

An early French traveler, N. Diervilla brought this plant back from Canada to Europe in 1699 where it was named after him.

Good Companions
Woodland Aster (Aster divaricatus), Cranesbill (Geranium maculatum), Pennsylvania Sedge (Carex pensylvanica), Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum)

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Ground cover
Plan Sub Group
Small Shrubs
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Heavy clay
Humus-rich
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Bloom Time
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Uses
Accent
Border
Container
Drought tolerant
Edging
Erosion control
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Salt tolerant
Wind tolerant
Native to
Alabama
Georgia
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee
Virginia