Diervilla sessilifolia

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Southern bush honeysuckle

Apparently Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Dipsacales
Family: Caprifoliaceae
Genus: Diervilla
D. sessilifolia
Binomial name
Diervilla sessilifolia

Diervilla sessilifolia, the southern bush honeysuckle,[1] a member of the honeysuckle family Caprifoliaceae which blooms in summer, is a perennial shrub found in the Great Smoky Mountains[2][3] and the southern Appalachian Mountains.[4] Southern bush honeysuckle can be found growing on bluffs, along slopes and stream banks, and bordering woodlands. It is a threatened species in Tennessee.[5]

This compact, deciduous shrub, typically growing three to five feet tall, spreads by suckering in zones 4 to 8.[6] It is drought tolerant, grows in full sun as well as partial shade, and works best in a woodland garden.

Closeup of bloom


  1. ^ "Diervilla sessilifolia". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  2. ^ - University of Tennessee Herbarium
  3. ^ USDA Plants Profile
  4. ^ "Diervilla sessilifolia - Plant Finder". www.missouribotanicalgarden.org. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  5. ^ "Tennessee Rare Plant List" (PDF). Tennessee.gov.
  6. ^ "Diervilla sessilifolia". plants.ces.ncsu.edu. Retrieved 2017-06-30.
  • Horn, Cathcart, Hemmerly, Duhl, Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians, Lone Pine Publishing, (2005) p 309, ISBN 978-1-55105-428-5