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Bush Honeysuckle

Category:

A good durable utility shrub with bronze tinged foliage and small yellow flowers; no particularly overwhelming ornamental features, but overall trouble-free, tolerant of adverse conditions; good in massing

Characteristics

Species:
lonicera
Other Species Names:
Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle
Average Landscape Height:
5 feet
Average Landscape Width:
5 feet
Genus:
Diervilla
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
round
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
lemon
Flower Form:
trumpet
Flower Period:
in early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Bush Honeysuckle has attractive dark green deciduous foliage which emerges burgundy in spring on a plant with a round habit of growth. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. It has lemon yellow trumpet-shaped flowers along the branches in early summer.

Landscape Attributes

Bush Honeysuckle is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

Planting & Growing

Bush Honeysuckle will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

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 environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

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