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Diervilla lonicera

Low Bush Honeysuckle /

A dense, mound of deep green leaves serves as a backdrop for showy yellow flowers appearing in June and July. Diervilla is pest-free and tolerates poor, sandy or rocky soils without flinching. Dark-green leaves change from yellow to orange-red in autumn and its capsule-like fruit is a songbird favorite!


  • An easy to grow plant, perfect for small spaces
  • Tolerant of full sun to partial shade
  • Adapts easily to poor, rocky soils
  • Colorful fall display of yellow to orange foliage
  • Dry fruit capsules attract birds in fall and winter

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under average home landscape conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environment.

2-3 Feet


3-4 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-7

Native Range

Woods; Newfoundland and Quebec to the Dakotas, south to Texas and Florida.

Distribution Maps by State and County

Native Trivia

Butterflies and other insects have their skeleton on the outside of their body. This protective shell is called an exoskeleton and it conserves water in the insect body while helping to keep it safe from injury.

"I love taking a sip of nectar from these bright yellow flowers."

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Small Shrubs
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Dry
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Summer
Critter Resistance
  • Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Dry Shade
Foliage Color
  • Dark Green
  • Border
  • Drought tolerant
  • Edging
  • Mass plant
  • Naturalizes
  • Specimen
Native to
  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin