Butterfly Bush Honeysuckle

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Valuable Nectar Support Butterfly Bush Honeysuckle

  • Dense Screen
  • Spring Foliage Emerges Red
  • Trumpet-Shaped, Yellow Blooms
  • Flower Panicles Held Along the Branches
  • Excellent Nectar Support for Butterflies and Hummingbirds
  • Dark-Green Leaves Tipped with Copper
  • Purple Fall Color Some Years in Northern Climates
  • Reddish Stems Add Winter Interest
  • Great Choice for New Construction Zones
  • Tolerates Drought Once Established
  • Suckering Habit
  • Mass Plantings and to Naturalize
  • Controls Erosion on Slopes
  • Also Called Southern Bush Honeysuckle

Use this long-lived cultivar of a native North American plant for exceptional service, bold texture and color. Give it room to spread and you'll appreciate it every season.

Attractive Butterfly Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla sessilifolia 'Butterfly') works hard in the landscape. This multi-stemmed deciduous shrub grows in thick and luxuriant all the way down to the ground.

Bring structure to your space with hedges, and you'll gain an added benefit of privacy screening. Butterfly Bush Honeysuckle has a marvelously informal look that works well in contemporary and Cottage Gardens.

From the first days of spring to the long days of winter...it offers many ornamental qualities. But it's true value comes from the nectar-rich flowers for pollinators and the dense shelter it provides for songbirds.

You'll feel great about adding this waterwise wildlife shrub. It's rugged and easy-care...tolerating compacted soils of new construction zones.

Dark green foliage features prominent veining from a midrib. Each textured leaf is rimmed in coppery bronze for additional visual interest.

In contrast, the yellow flowers are tiny, but still manage to make an impact. Held in clustered panicles, the bright yellow hue and trumpet shape are irresistible to hummingbirds, butterflies and beneficial pollinators.

They'll rebloom in flushes through the summer, although the main flower display is in early summer. Butterfly Bush Honeysuckle makes a wonderful addition for a Backyard Wildlife Habitat.

As the season wears on and nighttime temperatures fall, the foliage can take on a purplish hue. Even after the leaves fall, the reddish branches make a pretty display against white layer of snow.

Put this improved cultivar of a native hedging plant to work this season. Order Butterfly Bush Honeysuckle today!

How to Use Butterfly Bush Honeysuckle in the Landscape

We always recommend that you make your plant selections to suit the environmental conditions you face on your own property. Have tough soil on a slope?

You can't do better than a mass planting of Butterfly Bush Honeysuckle. In multiple, this durable shrub becomes a sophisticated study in blended color tones.

It will hold the soil for you, and require very little care. Your choice will also make a big impression on local butterflies.

Add them to the north side of a planned Butterfly Garden to create a defined boundary. This designer trick pulls together the look of a happy humble-jumble...just like you "meant to do that"!

Do the same thing for your annual Victory Garden. A long hedge of Butterfly Bush Honeysuckle will look great and entice pollinators near your flowering veggie patch.

Space them three feet apart for a quick fill. Stagger extra rows behind them to enliven a wide, open area without fear under power lines.

They are even a good choice to be kept in oversized containers on the patio. Position them in a strategic spot to enhance your privacy.

Pair this native selection with others like Fothergilla, Sweetspire, Mockorange, Sweetshrub and Viburnum! Add caterpillar host plants like Milkweed and Spicebush, too.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Plant in either full sun or partial shade. It needs to receive at least four hours of sunlight a day...or it will get leggy.

Well-drained soil types are a must, as Diervilla sessifolia Butterfly won't tolerate standing water. If you have clay soil that stays damp, increase the drainage by bringing in additional soil in a mound for planting.

Don't forget to use Nature Hills Root Booster during planting. You'll gain life-long symbiotic support for the feeder roots of this important landscape investment.

For the first season, pay close attention to watering to get their roots established in the soil. After that, you'll be delighted by their resistance to periodic drought.

Keep containerized plants hydrated and water deeply on occasion during extended drought. We recommend that you apply a three-inch layer of mulch to keep the roots cool, as well.

Prune in late winter to shape your shrubs by eliminating crossing branches. Take out a few of the thickest branches out at ground level, and remove basal suckers as desired.

Survey your healthy, happy backyard ecology with pride. Cultivated native Butterfly Bush Honeysuckle is an extraordinary choice!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Butterfly Bush Honeysuckle Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Diervilla sessilifolia 'Butterfly'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Color Green, Copper
Fall Color Red, Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant No