Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Southern Bush Honeysuckle

Southern Bush Honeysuckle

Diervilla sessilifolia

Full sun to light shade; medium to dry moisture level; tolerant of a range of soil including clay; acidic to neutral pH.

3-5 feet height by 3-5 feet spread; blooms in June and July; sulfur-yellow flowers often fading to red; fruit is a two-chambered, many seeded, thin-walled capsule.

Growth Rate:  Fast; suckers.

Maintenance:  Easy and adaptable.  Low maintenance and free of pests and diseases.  Should be pruned back in early spring.

Propagation:  Seed germination code A.  Easy from cuttings, root cuttings and seed.

Native Region:  Limited to 8 counties, primarily in the Blue Ridge Province.

An attractive shrub that is both functional and durable.  Long-blooming and provides good cover for difficult spots.  Good for bank stabilization. On rich, moist soil, it spreads more aggressively, so is better off in a fairly dry soil where it is more restrained.  Can withstand heavy shade but best in full sun; needs some sun to retain its ornamental qualities.  Cultivars available.  Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees.

Note:  Do not confuse this choice, native shrub with the wild honeysuckle bush, Lonicera tartarica, or the Japanese honeysuckle vine, both of which are invasive exotics.

shrub;sun;medium;clay
shrub;sun;medium;loam
shrub;sun;medium;sand
shrub;sun;dry;clay
shrub;sun;dry;loam
shrub;sun;dry;sand
shrub;sun/shade;medium;clay
shrub;sun/shade;medium;loam
shrub;sun/shade;medium;sand
shrub;sun/shade;dry;clay
shrub;sun/shade;dry;loam
shrub;sun/shade;dry;sand
shrub;shade;medium;clay
shrub;shade;medium;loam
shrub;shade;medium;sand
shrub;shade;dry;clay
shrub;shade;dry;loam
shrub;shade;dry;sand

Leave a comment below. (Comments will remain hidden until approved by site administrators.)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: