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Closeup of the yellow flowers and red new growth of Kodiak Red diervilla.
Closeup of Diervilla Kodiak Red with  yellow flowers
Kodiak Red diervilla turning red in autumn with red seed heads.
A row of Kodiak Red diervilla in the landscape with yellow flowers.

Diervilla Kodiak® Red - Bush Honeysuckle

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Every garden needs its share of pollinator plants that you needn't lift so much as a finger to enjoy at their best, and Kodiak Red diervilla is one such plant. This North American native boasts neatly arranged leaves, each one directly opposite its neighbor, and a constant smattering of cute yellow flowers in summer. They attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators, and the leaves host hummingbird moth caterpillars. New growth emerges with a flush of red, and come autumn, the whole plant goes a brilliant purple-red that is the perfect send-off to the season.

All of the Kodiak diervillas are perfect for a variety of landscaping applications, from hedges to backdrops to specimens - they can even be intermixed among your pollinator perennials!

Vital details:

Plant size: 3-4' tall and wide

Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day), part sun. Grows in a good amount of shade, but not as colorful, and flowering is diminished.

Water: Average moisture

Hardiness: USDA zone 4-7 (Find your hardiness zone)

Pollinator value: flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators; foliage hosts hummingbird moth caterpillars.

Notable features: drought tolerant, long blooming, native.

Care notes: Overall, this durable plant needs little pruning, but can be trimmed as needed. Major pruning is best done in spring. We have found that deer may eat this plant but rarely cause any significant or disfiguring damage, and it always seems to rebound quickly.

Pot size: one quart

Plant name: Diervilla 'G2X885411' pp#28,403, cbr#6302

Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Very happy with these!

Plants arrived this Fall very healthy with excellent root systems, and were a nice size. They showed no shock at all with planting nor since. I’m excited to see what they do next year with the flowers and whether they’ll turn red (the spot I planted 5 of them is mostly shade).

Mike C.

Might be deer resistant but deer still chewed on it. So far it's still alive. I bought a small container so it's still small thanks to the deer pruning. But I'm hopeful it continues to grow.

mary r.

so far kodiakred is great