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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!

Benefits

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.


Height
2-3 Feet

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Spread
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
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Dry Shade
Foliage Color
Dark Green
Uses
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