Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle
Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle Ornamental Shrub
- Exotic, Fragrant Yellow Summer Flowers
- Native Shrub is Not Invasive
- Butterfly Magnet
- Bronzy Green Foliage Turns Purple / Burgundy in Fall
- Hardworking Short Suckering Shrub
- Prevents Soil Erosion
- Safer to Use This Plant than Mow Slopes
- Tough Plant
- Drought Tolerant
- Grows in Sun or Shade
- Grows in Wet or Dry Soils
- Insect and Disease Free
- Very Maintenance Free
- Seldom Severely Damaged by Deer
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.
Use this tough little shrub as groundcover to prevent soil erosion. It works like a true champ to hold soil in place. And wouldn’t it be far nicer to have a flowering shrub to look at, rather than turf on steep slopes?
Stop giving yourself a “white-knuckle” mowing task and use Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle instead. Mass plantings require almost no care and have no disease or insect problems.
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.
Butterflies, birds and honeybees all love it. Hummingbirds will soon consider your yard their favorite place in the neighborhood!
The tubular shaped flowers are simply irresistible to many creatures. You'll feel the same way once you experience their exotic beauty and wonderful sweet scent.
Bronze-tipped, green foliage is a perfect for the yellow flowers. You'll also love the sweet scent they send drifting on the afternoon breezes in summer.
Fall color turns a nice shade of reddish burgundy many years. The bark is exfoliating, revealing an inner orange hue that is lovely in the winter.
All in all, the Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle is an extraordinary ornamental shrub that offers a lot for the small amount of space it requires. It is a unique plant that is so widely adaptable and so versatile. In fact, we can’t think of a single reason why you wouldn’t want to use this great little plant!
Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle has several nicknames. Perhaps you know this native charmer as Low Bush Honeysuckle or Northern Bush Honeysuckle. You could be forgiven if you called it a “Garden Workhorse.”
After all, it has the most amazing soil holding capability. It will spread out slowly in all directions and fill in open ground beautifully for you.
Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle is a super plant for a groundcover in sun, partial sun or shade. It laughs at dry, rocky soil and can handle wet feet, too. Order yours from Nature Hills today!
How to Use Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle in the Landscape
Use Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle as a phenomenal, groundcover shrub on steep embankments. It is simply superb in a mass planting. When you group them together “en masse”, you’ll magnify the visual impact of this beautiful compact shrub.
Try it in tough places where grass won’t grow. How about that space between the sidewalk and the garage with great capacity to fill the area with literally no care? How about those areas beneath deck areas with sun or shade and not fussy about soil?
Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle is the perfect response to tough problems in the landscape. Commercial use includes roadside plantings and in parking lots. Use in the hot, dry zone between the road and the sidewalk to give 4 seasons of interest.
One would look great as a specimen planting. Scatter several around your yard to support beneficial pollinators. Or, plant a row of them to create informal, low hedges that feature great bronzy foliage and yellow flowers in summer.
For a fast solid screen, plant them 2 feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one plant to the center of the next. Increase the spread to 3 – 5 feet for a more informal look.
To create a mass planting, use a zig-zag planting pattern. Keep the new planting weeded and apply a light layer of mulch over the fibrous root systems. This not only keeps the roots cool; it also helps unify and polish up the look. Don’t forget mulch!
#ProPlantTips for Care
This versatile plant can grow in full sun, part shade or shade. The more sun, the better, but this adaptable plant might really amaze you.
It’s also adaptable to almost any soil, including wet or dry. It even thrives in rocky, dry soil.
Give young plants a moderate amount of regular water while they get their roots established in your soil. After that, they’ll take drought and neglect without missing a beat. In extended drought, please protect your investment with judicious watering.
You shouldn’t need to prune it much, but it’s nice to know you can complete that task any time of year. Early summer flowers are produced in June and July on new growth. You might want to wait until the flowers are all done being fragrant and pretty for you.
If your Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle needs to be rejuvenated after many years—or reminded where the edge of the bed stops—simply mow them all the way down to the ground in early spring. Do this before the new growth appears in spring.
Fresh new growth will develop from the roots and even flower the first season. Trim the edges to tidy the edge of a sidewalk or driveway anytime.
Please remember that this is a free-form, informal plant. If you are looking for formal hedges, try Privet or Boxwood.
Keep Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle free and easy for the happiest relationship with them. Give them room to develop and grow in all directions.
This is one of those useful, pretty “plant it and forget it” plants we all love to use. It’s tough enough to handle just about anything you might throw at it. Even “brown thumbs” can enjoy growing this durable little trouper. It performs beautifully in urban and commercial landscapes, too.
Put Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle to work in your yard. You’ll love the dark green foliage and lovely yellow flowers of this beauty! Order yours now.
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.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 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|
|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|
|#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|
|#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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|Botanical Name||Diervilla lonicera|
|Mature Height||3 feet|
|Mature Spread||3 - 4 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Sun|
|Fall Color||Red, Burgundy / Purple|