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Diervilla Kodiak® Red (Bush Honeysuckle)

Kodiak® Red Diervilla x 'G2X885411', Diervilla splendens Kodiak Red, Diervilla splendens 'G2X885411'


Diervilla Kodiak® Red (Bush Honeysuckle) is a small, densely branched, deciduous shrub forming a colorful mound of lance-shaped, pointed, shimmering shiny leaves. Emerging deep burgundy in spring, the new leaves change to green with red edges as the season progresses before turning vivid red in the fall. From early to late summer, clusters of small yellow flowers appear in the lower leaf axils and at the branch tips. The subtle blossoms are magnets for bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies. The long, straight stems and neat foliage of Diervilla make it an excellent filler for cut flower arrangements. 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 landscape plant.

  • Grows up to 3-4 ft. tall (90-120 cm) and 4-5 ft. wide (120-150 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 shrub borders, low hedges, hummingbird gardens, butterfly gardens, or woodland gardens.
  • 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 4 – 7
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spacing 48" – 60" (120cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
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 4 – 7
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 3' – 4' (90cm – 120cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spacing 48" – 60" (120cm – 150cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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