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Dwarf Honeysuckle

Dwarf Honeysuckle

Dwarf Honeysuckle

Bush Honeysuckle is a small suckering shrub with bronze-green foliage and small yellow flowers. Once fall arrives, this shrub transforms into a vibrant red color. This plant works well for mass planting and sloping areas in your landscape. It can be planted in sandy and dry soil areas and even tolerates heavy soils! Bonus, this is a low-maintenance plant that is pest-free. Keep in mind that it can be easily rejuvenated by cutting to the ground in spring when needed.These plants are beautiful — and great for local ecology, too! In addition to attracting bumblebees and other at-risk pollinators, dwarf bush honeysuckle offers cover for grouse and other wildlife. It is also a host plant and necessary to the survival of snowberry clearwing moths, which include the Bumblebee Moth and the Hummingbird Moth, and a tasty snack for humans, too! Plant these as a natural hedge, or to take up a large space in the yard.Diervilla lonicera, commonly known as bush honeysuckle, is a suckering, densely branched, deciduous shrub that typically grows to 3' tall and to 4' wide. It is native to dry rocky open woodland areas and thickets from Newfoundland to Saskatchewan south to North Carolina, Tennessee and Iowa. It is noted for its small shrubby form, yellow trumpet-shaped flowers, dark green leaves and fall color.

Tube-like flowers (each to 1/2" across), resembling the flowers of true honeysuckle (genus Lonicera), bloom in panicles (cymes) in late spring to early summer (June-July). Plants are self-sterile (seed set requires pollination from a nearby plant). Flowers give rise to fruits (dry woody dehiscent capsules). Ovate to oblong-lanceolate, pointed, opposite, glossy green leaves (to 2-5" long) with fine marginal teeth turn interesting shades of yellow to orange sometimes changing to red in fall.If you have a steep hill on your property, or a hot, dry area, or even a marshy low spot you don't know what to do with, try the native groundcover shrub with a bounty of eye-catching yellow summer blooms. Native to the United States, the Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) is a small deciduous bush with ornamental features and a carefree attitude. A Prairie Moon • August 17 No, this native Honeysuckle shrub has no noticeable floral scent like the non-native, invasive Bush Honeysuckle you may be seeing everywhere. But, the native Yellow or Red Honeysuckle vine (Lonicera spp.) do have a nice fragrance. We have not had Lonicera vines in root for for quite some time as they are very difficult and slow to grow. (Source:www.prairiemoon.com)

 

 

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