Diervilla Kodiak® Red 2.0 Bush Honeysuckle

Item #29804


An improved variety replacing Kodiak Red with brighter color that holds better

A Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Flowering Shrubs variety, Kodiak® Red 2.0 is a deciduous shrub offering 3 seasons of interest. Attractive foliage first emerges in showy shades of russet red that remain throughout the season but eventually fade, so that last season's growth is light green. Tiny yellow flowers borne in terminal clusters appear all summer, attracting pollinators, including butterflies and hummingbirds, but especially native bumblebees. The lovely leaves add beautiful color and texture to the garden all season and are often used as foliage filler in floral arrangements. With its brilliant red fall foliage, diervilla is an environmentally friendly alternative to burning bush (Euonymus alatus), which is invasive and being restricted throughout the U.S.

A Diervilla x splendens, commonly called bush honeysuckle (a misnomer) or diervilla (preferred), Kodiak Red 2.0 has a fast growth rate and freely branching, bushy, upright, suckering habit but is not invasive. Shown to best effect when massed or grouped, the shrub is ideal for low-maintenance hedges, foundation plantings, and erosion control. It is a perfect addition to wildlife gardens and an excellent "thriller" in a container garden.

Cold hardy and easy to grow, diervilla grows best in sunny to partly sunny locations with moist, well-draining, humusy loams, but it grows well in a wide range of soils, including clay. It tolerates dry soil and is one of the most shade tolerant shrubs; however, the best color and blooming occur with plenty of sunshine, and in northern climates it should be planted in full sun. The shrub benefits from pruning every 3 to 5 years. It blooms on new wood, so any pruning should be done in spring.

A native plant, diervilla is indigenous to North America. Native plants are not only beautiful but also environmentally friendly. Naturally adapted to the climate and soil conditions of the region, they thrive without fertilizers or extra watering, once established. They also act as natural pest controls, reducing the need for pesticides in the garden. Landscaping with native plants promotes biodiversity and provides shelter and quality food for wildlife and pollinators, bringing gardens to life.


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Genus Diervilla
Species hybrid
Variety 'SMNDSD'
ppaf PPAF
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 3 - 8
Bloom Start to End Early Summer - Late Summer
Habit Upright
Height 4 ft
Width 4 ft
Additional Characteristics Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Fall Color, Hummingbird Lovers, Repeat Bloomer
Bloom Color Yellow
Foliage Color Light Green, Medium Green, Mix, Red
Light Requirements Part Shade, Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Dry, Moist,  well-drained, Wet
Resistance Cold Hardy
Soil Tolerance Clay, Normal,  loamy, Poor, Sandy
Uses Beds, Border, Cut Flowers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Specimen
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Canada

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