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Kodiak® Black Bush Honeysuckle

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Intense Color, Rugged Kodiak® Black Bush Honeysuckle

  • Dramatic Burgundy-Purple Foliage
  • Bright Yellow Flowers Draw Butterflies
  • Native Shrub is Well-Behaved and Not Invasive
  • Create Fantastic Focal Point With Very Low Maintenance
  • Grows Well in Full Sun, Part Shade or Full Shade
  • Great Soil Stabilizer for Slopes and Embankments
  • Deer Tend to Leave it Alone

This reliable shrub is worth its weight in gold. Kodiak® Black Diervilla (Diervilla rivularis 'SMNDRSF' PP 27,550 PP#27550) is an easy solution to even your worst landscape challenges.

It is a rugged high performer for full sun, part sun or shade locations. Kodiak can take just about any soil type, as well.

Best of all? It's absolutely breath-taking.

Kodiak® Black features extraordinary dark, burgundy-black foliage. Allow it to create natural-looking "drifts" for a very appealing look with a touch of visual drama!

The only thing you'll really have to do is plan for it to reach its full mature spread. Use these as a medium-sized groundcover to add depth to the look of your garden beds.

You can even grow these in outdoor containers as your "Filler" plants. Use several Kodiak® Black plants around your centered "Thriller" plant. The deliciously dark foliage is bound to make your "Thriller" pop!

Wherever you place them, be sure to snip them regularly to include the lush foliage in your cut flower arrangements.

You'll love the way the clusters of yellow, trumpet-shaped blooms add contrast in early summer through fall. Butterflies, honey bees and hummingbirds love them, too.

Each delicate blossom features protruding, white stamens for an additional decorative note. The effect of the yellow against the deep, contrasting color of the leaves is gorgeous.

The foliage color is most intense in spring and fall, with autumn tones deepening to a burnished purple. Use this where you'll see it during halftime at your Football Watch parties!

Kodiak® Black Bush Honeysuckle provides that arresting display, exhibiting deep burgundy hues so dark that they're almost black in tone. The glossy foliage is most impressive in full sun (or part shade), and Kodiak® Black Bush Honeysuckle is one of the best shade-tolerant shrubs you'll find on the market today.

The color is sophisticated enough to hold its own in high-end formal landscapes. But it's absolutely charming in cottage or modern styles, as well.

Allow these durable plants to spread out in a mounded form. They'll fill in your wide, open areas with brilliant color.

This native plant called "Bush Honeysuckle" is not invasive. Kodiak® Black Bush Honeysuckle thrives in sun or shade, and is a sound ecological choice.

Savvy property owners know that low-maintenance plants are a good idea. Why not use this shade tolerant shrub as the mainstay of your easy-care garden design?

Order Kodiak® Black Bush Honeysuckle from the expert growers at Nature Hills this season. Just hurry, these special plants are in demand.

How to Use Kodiak® Black Bush Honeysuckle in the Landscape

Consider this your "go-to" landscape solution to cover ground and fill wide, open areas with knockout color. Leverage their rich, dark leaves to add depth to all of your plantings, and you'll tie the entire design together.

Modern homes can use these shrubs en masse in wide planting beds. Save a little room for a few bright flowering accent plants, and you'll be ready to relax in your space.

Include these all along the mid-ground of your mixed shrub border. They'll make a fantastic contrast in front of flowering trees and taller shrubs. Face them with groundcover Geranium or Sedum to polish the whole look.

Use them as a solid backdrop for smaller perennials in a Butterfly Garden. Plant them 3 ½ feet apart on center, measuring from the center of one to the center of the next. They'll grow together and touch.

Blessed with a slope on your property? Turn it into a garden feature! Create a stunning mass planting of Kodiak® Black with a series of staggered, zigzagging rows. Mulch between plants and keep new mass plantings weeded.

Of course, you can also add them to your foundation planting for a bold, deep foliage accent. What could be more captivating? The eye can't help but be drawn to such dramatic color, so different from the expected greens and bright flower tones usually present.

Have you heard of Black Gardens? They are a trendy take on the traditional Moon Garden, using a reverse of the traditional all-white garden border. Kodiac Black should definitely be considered for these unusual, restful retreats.

We'd say "plant it and forget about it", if it wasn't so pretty. You'll notice these plants every day, although you won't have to fuss over them.

Kodiak® Black is rarely damaged by deer. It's disease resistant, pest-free and truly easy care. This versatile plant is a rare gem.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Kodiak® Black Bush Honeysuckle is a deciduous, multi-stemmed shrub with a dense nature and mounding habit. It is adaptive to a variety of soils and quite hardy. Deer leave it alone and it requires little care from you.

For the best foliage color, plant it in full sun where it will get 6 or more hours of sun a day. However, it will also perform well in partially shady areas. We've seen it do well even in shade situations.

Provide a medium amount of water on a regular basis for best results. Every other year, add a top dressing of a three-inch layer of mulch. You'll keep the root system cool and moist.

You can easily keep them manicured with regular pruning in early spring to shape or shorten. Or, let it do it's thing for a more natural look.

Kodiak® Black Bush Honeysuckle is one of the Proven Winners series so you can be assured of its performance in your own yard year after year. Order enough to complete your project today!

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
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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Kodiak® Black Bush Honeysuckle Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-7
Growing Zones 5-7
More Information
Brand Proven Winners ColorChoice
Botanical Name Diervilla rivularis 'SMNDRSF'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 4 - 5 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Type Adaptable to Most Soils
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Yellow
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage Color Burgundy-Black
Fall Color Burgundy / Purple
Pollinator Friendly Yes
When To Prune Early Spring
Fragrant No