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Diervilla lonicera Mill.
Northern Bush Honeysuckle, Northern Bush-honeysuckle, Diervilla
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)
Synonym(s): Diervilla diervilla, Diervilla lonicera var. hypomalaca
USDA Symbol: DILO
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N), SPM (N)
Northern bush-honeysuckle is a small, mound-shaped, deciduous shrub to 3 ft. Exfoliating bark reveals orange inner bark. Dark-green leaves change from yellow to red in autumn. Small, bell-shaped flowers are yellow-green at first, becoming orange or purplish-red.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.
Leaf: Dark Green
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Orange , Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AL , CT , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , NC , ND , NH , NJ , NY , OH , PA , RI , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: MB , NB , NL , NS , ON , PE , QC
Native Distribution: Nf. to Man., s. to s. New England, NC mts., n.e. IN & n.e. IA
Native Habitat: Dry woods; sandy sites
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Dry, rocky, slightly acid soils.
Conditions Comments: Bush honeysuckle suckers freely, forming broad thickets with age. It is very short-lived.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Low.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by seed or cuttings. Both softwood and semi-hardwoods cuttings root readily.
Seed Collection: Fruits of this genus are usually hand-picked and seeds are extracted by maceration.
Seed Treatment: No special treatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Delaware Nature Society - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
Bibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Web ReferenceWebref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Diervilla lonicera in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Diervilla lonicera in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Diervilla lonicera
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-02-06
Research By: TWC Staff