Diervilla rivularis


USPP 27,550; CBR 5938

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  • Native
  • Fast growing
  • Trouble-free

Diervilla just got a lot more colorful.

Durable and dramatic dark purple foliage makes Kodiak® Black diervilla a beautiful, easy choice for landscaping. New growth emerges deep purple-black all season but is especially dramatic in spring and fall. The neat, tidy stems are peppered with yellow trumpet-shaped blooms all summer. This fast growing, vigorous North American native is unbothered by pests or diseases. Sometimes known as bush honeysuckle, which is a bit of a misnomer, so we prefer using diervilla as the common name.

USDA Zone 4 - 7 (-30°F-/-34.4°C)

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Exposure Full sun, Part sun, Shade

Height 3 - 4'

Width 3 - 4'

Finish Time .5 season

Type Deciduous

Bloom Time Summer

Flower Color Yellow

Foliage Color Purple

Liner Sizes 4", Quick Turn

Soil Adaptable to any soil, except excessively soggy sites.

Pruning Blooms on new wood so spring pruning is best. Needs little regular pruning; however, benefits from rejuvenation every 3-5 years.

Uses Ideal for mass plantings of all types: hedges, foundation, wildlife gardens. Very well suited to filler material in cut flower production.

Growing Tips Diervilla is one of the most shade tolerant shrubs, however, blooming and foliage color are best with some sun.