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I didn’t even know there were dwarf honeysuckle plants outside of my town. Until I stumbled upon this article I had no idea that these beautiful little flowers actually existed. I feel blessed for discovering these flowers, and I love learning about them.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.There are few things more delightful than a flowering shrub in the yard. Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle is a vigorous, fast-growing shrub. It's small and has a spreading nature. And although this plant is not really a Honeysuckle, the pretty yellow flowers do resemble those in the Honeysuckle family.
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).
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.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. (Source: www.mckaynursery.com)