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Firefly™ Nightglow™ Diervilla

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This smaller shrub features attractive sulfur yellow flower clusters in early summer, contrasting the dark reddish-purple foliage that turns a more vivid red in fall; a drought and shade tolerant plant that is great for challenging sites

Characteristics

Species:
splendens
Other Species Names:
Bush Honeysuckle
Average Landscape Height:
3 feet
Average Landscape Width:
3 feet
Genus:
Diervilla
Cultivar:
El Madrigal
Branching:
multi-stemmed
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
closed
Density:
dense
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
yellow
Flower Form:
trumpet
Flower Period:
from late spring to early summer
Summer Foliage Color:
dark purple
Fall Color:
scarlet
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Firefly™ Nightglow™ Diervilla features showy clusters of yellow trumpet-shaped flowers at the ends of the branches from late spring to early summer. It has attractive red-variegated deep purple foliage with hints of coppery-bronze which emerges burgundy in spring. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding scarlet in the fall.

Landscape Attributes

Firefly™ Nightglow™ Diervilla is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a mounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Firefly™ Nightglow™ Diervilla will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Firefly™ Nightglow™ Diervilla makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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