Bush-honeysuckle is a low-growing, fast-growing native shrub providing yellow flowers for several weeks in early summer. Reddish young stems are four-sided, contrasting with dark green leaves. This shrub is not a true honeysuckle.
This species is native to the Chicago region according to Swink and Wilhelm’s Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research.
- Family (English) Bush-honeysuckle
- Family (botanic) Diervillaceae
- Tree or plant type Shrub
- Foliage Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Native locale Chicago area, Illinois, North America
- Size range Low-growing shrub (under 3 feet), Small shrub (3-5 feet)
- Light exposure Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily), Partial sun / shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Hardiness zones Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5 (Northern Illinois), Zone 6 (City of Chicago), Zone 7
- Soil preference Acid soil, Moist, well-drained soil
- Tolerances Clay soil, Dry sites, Occasional drought
- Season of interest early summer, midsummer
- Flower color and fragrance Yellow
- Shape or form Mounded, Multi-stemmed, Thicket-forming
- Growth rate Fast