Kodiak® Black Diervilla

Diervilla rivularis 'SMNDRSF' PP #27,550; CPBRAF

A durable, fuss-free, native with bold burgundy-green foliage, that is a more intense burgundy-black in spring and fall. Clusters of bright yellow, trumpet-shaped blooms accent the rich-colored foliage throughout summer. This tough, compact, upright shrub is a superb addition to woodland settings. Use in mass plantings for a spectacular effect. Deciduous.
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Filtered sun, Full shade, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical Pronunciationdy-er-VIL-uh riv-yoo-LAIR-iss
LoreA native of the southeastern United States, D. rivularis is found along bluffs, cliffs and otherwise rocky terrain of the wooded areas of the southern region of the Appalachians. Diervilla are sometimes referred to as Bush Honeysuckle, because of the similarity of the trumpet-shaped flowers. Much like lonicera, diervilla blooms contain tasty honey-flavored nectar, but diervilla flowers do not have a detectable fragrance. More importantly, diervilla is not invasive like some honeysuckles, and a safe choice for planting anywhere.
Average Size at MaturityCompact, mounding shrub; quickly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeRepeat Flowering
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorBurgundy
Garden StyleContemporary, Cottage, Rustic
Growth HabitCompact, Mounding
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Hillside, Wildlife Garden, Dry Shade
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full shade, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureAttracts Butterflies, Attracts Hummingbirds, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsSpirea (Spiraea); Potentilla (Potentilla); Aster (Aster); Fountain Grass (Pennisetum); Cranesbill (Geranium)

Adaptable to most soils, including compact soils; even tolerates dry shade. Grows in sun or shade, but color is best with some sun. Water deeply, regularly to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Prune lightly in early spring and apply a controlled-release fertilizer.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-7

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