Diervilla Kodiak Red
Diervilla 'Kodiak Red' photo courtesy of Proven Winners'

Bush Honeysuckle

Diervilla 'Kodiak Red'  has fantastic foliage colour from spring to fall. New growth is red, changing to glossy green with red tips in the summer and then back to red in the fall. It also has bright red stems. In midsummer bright yellow flowers add to the appeal. It is an excellent plant for the woodland garden where it will thrive in morning or late afternoon sun and will even tolerate a dry site. Do not plant it in full shade because it will become lanky and unattractive.

Click image for design ideas with this plant

  • Height: 90-122 cm (36-48 in)
  • Spread: 90-122 cm (36-48 in)
  • Hardiness: Zone 4-7
  • Sun or Shade: sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: summer
  • Leaf Colour: red changing to green then back to red
  • Bloom Colour: yellow
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: bees, butterflies and hummingbirds

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Diervilla is adaptable to most soils, including dry sites. It blooms on new wood making maintenance very easy. It can be pruned to shape in the spring without fear of damaging summer bloom. It is not invasive like some varieties of honeysuckle.

Proven Winners Introduction