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Diervilla lonicera

Bush Honeysuckle is so named for the need to suckle the trumpet-shaped flower for the sweet nectar.


This is our native honeysuckle, unlike the invasive species Lonicera japonica. Unlike the vining species, this bush is compact and can thrive in just about any conditions, from full sun to shade, and dry soils to the occasional flood.


The pale green foliage provides a soft backdrop for the almost frilly trumpet-shaped flowers. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds will flock to the bush honeysuckle, and larger thickets provide resting places for migratory birds.


Fun fact: The flowers of Diervilla lonicera are yellow until they have been polllinated at which point they turn red.


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Diervilla lonicera (Northern bush-honeysuckle)

  • details

    SIZE: 1 gallon pot
    type: shrub
    sun needs:

    sun to shade

    water needs: dry, average
    height: 3'
    plant spacing: space 2'-3' apart
    bloom time:

    June, July, August

    bloom color: yellow, reddish-orange
  • special notes

    deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)
    salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur.