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Diervilla lonicera / Northern Bush Honeysuckle (Honeysuckle Family)

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Northern Bush Honeysuckle grows low in a hedge-like fashion. It has a suckering growth habit and will form a thicket over time. New growth of leaves is burgundy to copper, turning a deep green with age. Clusters of yellowish-green flowers bloom for a long time in late summer and are a bee favorite. It is smaller and more shade tolerant than its very similar relative, Diervilla sessilifolia.
Blooms: Yellow turning to red, 4-5 weeks, July-Aug
Leaves: Glossy green leaves have tones of copper and burgundy throughout the growing season
Height: 2-3’
Space: 2-4’
Soil: Average, poor, rocky, sandy soil, prefers somewhat moister soils in hotter climates
Exposure: Part sun-Part shade
Fauna: Big nectar source for bumblebees, also hummingbirds and butterflies, moth host plant, seeds for birds
Seeds: Hard, dark colored capsules

Deer Resistance: Moderate

Zone: 3-10
Native Status: NC native, uncommon in the Mountains
WV, seed grown