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Bush Honeysuckle

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Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) – This durable utility shrub features bronze-tinged foliage and small yellow flowers. It doesn’t have any particularly overwhelming ornamental features, but overall, it’s trouble-free and tolerant of adverse conditions. This plant is good for massing.

Characteristics

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

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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