Bush-honeysuckle is a low-growing, fast-growing native shrub providing yellow flowers for several weeks in early summer. Reddish young stems are 4-sided, contrasting with dark green leaves. This shrub is not a true honeysuckle.
"This species is native to the Chicago Region according to Swink and Wilhelm's Plants of the Chicago Region, with updates made according to current research."
All Common Names:
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Chicago area,
- North America
- Mixed border,
- Small shrub (3-5 feet),
- Low-growing shrub (under 3 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
- Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Acid soil,
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Dry sites,
- Occasional drought,
- Clay soil
Season of Interest:
- Early summer,
- Mid summer
Flower Color & Fragrance:
Shape or Form:
Size and Form
A 3 to 5 feet high and wide mounded shrub forming thickets.
Tree & Plant Care
Tolerant of full sun to full shade
Best in well-drained, average soils
Regular pruning should be done in late winter/early spring.
Tolerant of deer.
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
Gray-brown bark peels into long, narrow strips.
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Opposite simple leaves, 2 to 4 inches long with finely toothed margins and pointed tip.
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.
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Dry capsules; not ornamentally important.