Other Common Name: Bronze Leaved Diervilla
Bush Honeysuckle has become a popular landscaping shrub in recent years and is available at most nurseries.
Bush Honeysuckle is not a true Honeysuckle in the Lonicera genus. Its common name is from the Honeysuckle-like opposite leaf arrangement and appearance.
The five parted flowers are yellow and tubular and are a favorite of bees and moths. The flowers emerge in early June and flower on and off throughout the summer months.
I have seen it growing on north facing slopes in the southern part of Minnesota. Also on steep gravel slopes in acidic soil in the Great Lakes region.
If the soil is rich, it can spread quickly by underground rhizomes and form a colony. We have planted Bush Honeysuckle in our yard in several places, it does really well in our gravel soils.
Bush Honeysuckle is the larval host for the Fawn Sphinx moth (Sphinx kalmiae).
It is native to eastern North America.