Diervilla sessilifolia Buckley
Southern Bush Honeysuckle, Southern Bush-honeysuckle
Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle Family)
USDA Symbol: dise
A low shrub with sulfur-yellow flowers in clusters of 3-7 atop stems and atop small, nearly square branches. Southern bush-honeysuckle is a low-growing, suckering shrub, 3-5 ft. high and at least as wide. The foliage is dark-green, often with red veins and stems, and seldom colors in the fall. Small, but abundant, yellow flowers are borne on the tip of new growth.
A similar species, Northern Bush Honeysuckle (D. lonicera), which grows in central and northeastern United States and adjacent Canada, has small round branches, stalked leaves, and clusters that are mostly made up of only three flowers. The flowers of both species turn partly dull red with age.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 5 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AL , GA , NC , SC , TN , VA
Native Distribution: NC & TN, s. to GA & AL
Native Habitat: Dry, exposed, mt. & piedmont sites
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry soils
Conditions Comments: No serious insect or disease problems. Thrives in windy, sunny, dry sites where other plants will not grow. Best when pruned back in late winter or early spring to remove unsightly, old and winter-killed growth. Will sucker and establish colonies. Will withstand shade but is best in full sun.
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 Treatment: No special treatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
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
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.
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Web ReferenceWebref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Diervilla sessilifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Diervilla sessilifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Diervilla sessilifolia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-05-30
Research By: TWC Staff