northern bush-honeysuckle Caprifoliaceae Diervilla
lonicera Mill. symbol: DILO
Leaf: Opposite, simple, ovate to elliptical, long pointed, 2 to 4 inches long, serrated margin, green above, slightly paler below.
Flower: Yellow to red, tube-like with spreading petals, 1/2 inch across, appearing in early summer.
Fruit: A dry, long-pointed, vase-shaped capsule, tips flare out into thin hairs.
Twig: Slender, ridged or lined, scales present at twig base, greenish red turning light brown, buds small.
Bark: Gray to light reddish brown, finely shreddy with age.
Form: Low shrub (to 4 feet) with a densely sprawling habit that forms mounds.
Looks like: Amur honeysuckle - American fly honeysuckle - silky dogwood - red-osier dogwood
Additional Range Information: Diervilla lonicera is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting northern bush-honeysuckle.
More Information: Fall Color
External Links: USDAFS Additional Silvics - USDA Plants Database
All material © 2017 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson