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Shrub Species of the Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla) Genus

Picture of a Bush Honeysuckle Shrub
Southern Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla sessilifolia)
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The Bush Honeysuckle genus (Diervilla genus) has three species of deciduous shrubs, all indigenous to eastern North America.

Bush Honeysuckles are typically 1 to 2m in height, and about the same in diameter. In their natural habitat they develop into colonies by means of spreading underground via their rhizome roots.

In the North American Autumn the leaf color varies between yellow, orange and red.
In North America, the small tubular pale yellow flowers are produced in June and July.

Facts about the Diervilla Genus of Shrubs
  • Genus Scientific Name = Diervilla
  • Genus Common Names = Bush Honeysuckle
  • Number of Taxa in the Diervilla Genus = 3

List of Bush Honeysuckle Shrubs, Diervilla Genus - All known species, taxa on Earth, organized by scientific Latin botanical name first and common names second.

Botanical, Latin, Scientific Shrub Name Common Shrub Name Coldest Zone Warmest Zone
Diervilla lonicera Northern Bush Honeysuckle, Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle 3 8
Diervilla rivularis Mountain Bush Honeysuckle 3 8
Diervilla sessilifolia Southern Bush Honeysuckle 4 8

There are species formerly included in Diervilla that are now listed in the Weigela genus.
Bush Honeysuckles are commonly confused with the common wild honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica), or the Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), which are bothmembers of the closely related Lonicera genus.

The British Diervilla national collection is held at Sheffield Botanical Gardens, along with the national collection of the closely related Weigela genus.



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