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Diervilla Kodiak® Fresh™ (Bush Honeysuckle)

Kodiak® Fresh™ Diervilla x 'SMNDSS'


Diervilla Kodiak® Fresh™ (Bush Honeysuckle) is a small, densely branched, deciduous shrub forming a colorful mound of lance-shaped, pointed, shimmering shiny leaves. Emerging orange-red in spring, the new leaves change to bright lime-yellow as the season progresses before turning glowing orange in the fall. Blooming all summer long, a profusion of bright yellow flowers appear in the lower leaf axils and at the branch tips. The subtle blossoms are magnets for bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Native to North America, this Bush Honeysuckle is not invasive like certain honeysuckles are. It thrives in a wide range of soil and light conditions from full sun to shade and including dry shade. Its drought tolerance, resilient root system, and ability to re-sprout make it a good candidate for erosion control.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall and wide (60-90 cm). 
  • This plant is best grown in full sun to partial shade in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerant of full shade and dry shade, but the best color is obtained in sun. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Excellent choice for banks and slopes, shrub borders, low hedges, hummingbird gardens, butterfly gardens, or woodland gardens. Its suckering habit makes it useful for naturalizing and mass plantings.
  • Low maintenance, this plant is usually pest and disease free. Deer resistant.
  • Diervilla blooms on new wood. Prune in early to mid-spring and apply a controlled-release fertilizer. Avoid pruning in winter, as it may lead to frost damage of new shoots.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 7
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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