Northern Bush Honeysuckle has dense, dark green foliage that turns yellow-orange, then red to purple in the autumn. The color will be more dramatic on plantings that receive more sunlight. Not a true honeysuckle, this small, mound-shaped shrub will spread to form thickets over time, making it a good choice for massing, hedgerows or shrub borders. The yellow honeysuckle-shaped flowers, which turn reddish in color as they mature, attract butterfiles and other pollinators. The fruit capsules are desirable to many songbirds, autumn through winter. Also a larval host for the Fawn Sphinx Moth. It is drought tolerant and adapts easily to poor, rocky soils.
Note: Northern Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla sp.) is a native shrub, not to be confused with invasive honeysuckles. Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)
, Tatarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica)
, Amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii),
and Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)
are all invasive, non-native species. The native and invasive honeysuckles are somewhat similar in appearance. One way to distinguish between them is by looking at the stems – native honeysuckles have solid stems while invasive honeysuckles have hollow stems.Diervilla lonicera
has "perfect flowers," which means that both male and female parts are contained on a single flower. The male and female flower parts develop in sequence, and the flowers themselves are self-infertile. Two-to-three plants are recommended for a reliable fruiting.
Shipping notice: Shrubs in 1 and 2 Gallon pots are shipped in May. This shrub may arrive on a different date, separate from other parts of your order.
*Every state has agricultural regulations that restrict the shipment of certain plants. We cannot ship this item to the following states: Utah, Oregon