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Summer Stars Georgia Bush Honeysuckle*

Diervilla rivularis 'Morton'

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Summer Stars Georgia Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla rivularis 'Morton') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Summer Stars Georgia Bush Honeysuckle

Summer Stars Georgia Bush Honeysuckle

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Bush Honeysuckle


This smaller shrub features attractive, branched stems with dark green leaves on red stems; fall colors of yellow-red; pretty yellow trumpet flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies

Ornamental Features

Summer Stars Georgia Bush Honeysuckle features showy panicles of yellow trumpet-shaped flowers along the branches from early to mid summer. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn red in fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Summer Stars Georgia Bush Honeysuckle is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Summer Stars Georgia Bush Honeysuckle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Summer Stars Georgia Bush Honeysuckle will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Summer Stars Georgia Bush Honeysuckle makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Garden  Naturalizing  Container 
Flowers  Plant Form  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features