Diervilla lonicera - Mill.
Common Name Bush Honeysuckle, Northern bush honeysuckle
Family Caprifoliaceae
USDA hardiness 3-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry gravelly soils[200] in woodlands[235].
Range Eastern N. America - Newfoundland to Florida.
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Weed Potential No
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Bloom Color: Yellow. Main Bloom Time: Mid summer. Form: Spreading or horizontal.

Diervilla lonicera Bush Honeysuckle, Northern bush honeysuckle

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 3: 283.
Diervilla lonicera Bush Honeysuckle, Northern bush honeysuckle
Physical Characteristics
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Diervilla lonicera is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from Jul to August. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

D. canadensis. Willd. D. humilis. Pers.

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;
Edible Uses
None known
Medicinal Uses

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Diuretic;  Galactogogue;  Laxative;  Narcotic;  Ophthalmic.

The leaves are diuretic[257]. A compound decoction has been used in the treatment of stomach aches[257]. This contrasts with a report that the leaves contain a narcotic principle, inducing nausea[207]. The plant is used as a gargle in catarrhal angina[207]. The root is diuretic, galactogogue, laxative and ophthalmic[257]. A cooled infusion has been used as an eyewash for sore eyes[257]. The bark is laxative and ophthalmic[257]. An infusion has been used to increase milk flow in a nursing mother and as an eyewash for sore eyes[257].


Other Uses
Soil stabilization.

The plants stoloniferous habit makes it useful for soil stabilization on banks and slopes[200].
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Ground cover, Massing, Rock garden, Woodland garden. Succeeds in a moist fertile well-drained soil and is not fussy as to soil type[200]. Succeeds in full sun or partial shade[188]. Plants are hardy to about -30°c[200]. This species is a spreading suckering plant[11], it makes a useful understorey planting in woodlands[200]. Any pruning can be carried out in the winter or after flowering[188]. 2 or 3 year old stems can be removed in order to promote a more shapely bush[188]. Flowers are produced on the current seasons growth[11]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Special Features: North American native, Attractive flowers or blooms.
Seed - we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a cold frame as soon as it is ripe if possible, otherwise in late winter or early spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division of suckers in the spring[200]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[188]. Cuttings of mature wood, late autumn in a frame[188].
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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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