southern bush-honeysuckle Caprifoliaceae Diervilla sessilifolia
Leaf:Opposite, simple, ovate to elliptical, long pointed, 2 to 4 inches long, serrated margin, green above, slightly paler below; mostly lacking petioles.
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 suckering shrub (to 5 feet) with a densely sprawling habit that forms mounds.