Bush-honeysuckle is a fast-growing native shrub providing yellow flowers for several weeks in early summer. Young stems have a red color that contrasts well with the green leaves. This shrub is not a true honeysuckle.
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Chicago area
- North America
- Zone 3
- Zone 4
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Partial sun (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Dry sites
- Occasional drought
- Clay soil
- Acid soil
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Small shrub (3-5 feet)
- Low-growing shrub (under 3 feet)
- Mixed border
- Early summer
- Mid summer
Size and Form
3 to 5 feet high and wide; mounded form; thicket forming.
Tree & Plant Care
It may be necessary to prune out excess stems on this thicket-forming shrub.
Regular pruning should be done in late winter/early spring.
Disease, pests and problems
None serious; scale is an occasional problem.
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to the upper Midwest and the Northeastern United States.
Bark color and texture
Bark peels into long, narrow strips.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Simple, opposite leaves; 2 to 4 inches long with a long tip and finely toothed edge.
Dark green in summer; red in fall.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Tubular yellow flowers, usually in groups of two of three; blooms heavily in July and August and then sporadically until frost.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Dry capsules; not ornamentally important.