Kodiak® Orange bush honeysuckle is unlike other invasive honeysuckle types. This is not a true honeysuckle, but rather the flowers resemble those of true honeysuckles. This cultivar is a hybrid of two U.S.-native plants, so if you’re trying to ‘go native’, this is a wonderful compromise for your yard!
In spring, the new growth is orange which is a welcoming site is after a long winter. The foliage finally changes to shades of green and yellow that are quickly accented by yellow, tubular flowers. At the nursery, we’ve noticed plants blooming throughout spring and summer which is perfect for helping pollinators and adding even more interest this plant. As days start getting shorter, leaves begin their metamorphosis to brilliant shades of red and orange that are so intense, you’ll be sure to turn heads. We really like this plant!
Fruit Notes: 2-valved capsule, 1/3-1/2” long, green-brown, seeds are golden brown, very small.
Kodiak® Orange Diervilla is extremely adaptable to where it can be planted, from full sun to full shade! Be aware that more flowers and the best fall color are produced when placed in more sun than shade. Diervilla can tolerate a wide range of soil types and pH levels. Rocky, loamy, sandy, clay soils are no problem for this plant! Do not plant Diervilla in soggy, wet soils where drainage may be poor.
Try Kodiak® Orange bush honeysuckle as foundation plantings. As a modest green shrub during spring a summer, it will give you the additional benefit of honeysuckle-like flowers throughout the season. Come fall, that spectacular fall color will truly shine and make your house stand out in the neighborhood! It looks especially appealing in front of darker-colored homes. Again, make sure to give this plant as much sun as possible to get the best possible fall color.
Do you want more than just green in your green screen? Try planting some Kodiak® Orange either mixed in with the screen or just in front of it. Mix in some red-twig dogwood (Cornus sericea) or Sunrise Forsythia (Forsythia x ‘Sunrise’) for added fall color and winter interest.
You can also line a walkway or driveway with these plants, they are drought tolerant and can handle those hot dry conditions. Have a sloped backyard or front yard where other plantings have failed? This bush honeysuckle can handle this difficult site situation, too!
What really stands out is when Kodiak® Orange is planted in masses. With that many flowers blooming constantly through the season, you’ll practically hear the plant buzzing! In fall, you’ll see a beautiful sea of red-orange shades that hold their color for weeks on end. Experiment with other fabulous fall color plantings that will elevate your landscape from those around you.
This is an excellent plant to replace invasive burning bushes!
Typically Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) provides cover for sharp-tailed grouse, while also providing them food as they consume the buds. Hummingbirds and bumblebees will visit the tubular flowers.
Fruit capsules are desirable to songbirds in autumn and winter.
Prune plants in early spring with rejuvenation pruning. Flowers are produced on new growth.
Black Walnut Tolerant: Yes Deer Resistant: No Rabbit Resistant: No
Although some sources may boast deer resistance, there are instances of deer nibbling on this plant.
Insufficient information about black walnut toxicity.
No serious pests.
Kodiak® Orange is a hybrid between Diervilla splendens and an unknown parent due to open pollination. Diervilla is a hybrid between our native Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera) and South Bush Honeysuckle (Diervillasessilifolia).
Traditionally, Indigenous peoples used Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle for constipation, as an eyewash, for stomach pain, as a diuretic, to increase milk flow and more.
The genus, Diervilla, honors the French surgeon, Sieur de Dièrville, who introduced Diervilla lonicera to Europe.
Can’t get enough of that fall color? Try adding these for that extra pop of color before winter:
Tamarack (Larix laricina), Common Witchhazel (Hamamelis virginiana), Smooth Sumac (Rhus glabra), Spice Island Koreanspice Viburnum (Viburnum carlesii ‘J.N. Select A’), Sweetspire (Itea virginica), Downy Serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea), American Filbert (Corylus americana), Red Oak (Quercus rubra), Quaking Aspen (Populustremuloides), Pagoda Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia), Full Moon™ Maple (Acer japonicum ‘Aconitifolium’), Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), Northern Sea Oats (Chasmanthium latifolium), Blackhawks Big Bluestem (Andropogongerardii ‘Blackhawks’ PP27,949), Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Bevan’s Geranium (Geraniummacrorrhizum ‘Bevan’ Variety’), Glossy Black Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa var. elata)
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These are rough guidelines and may speak generically to our broad customer mix. Not all possible situations are covered. How plants act may be unique to the conditions presented by your landscape. Your landscape should be inspected by a trained professional.