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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Dipsacales

Familia: Caprifoliaceae
Subfamilia: Diervilloideae
Genus: Diervilla
Species: D. lonicera – D. rivularis – D. sessilifolia

Artificial Nothospecies: D. × splendens

Diervilla Mill., Gard. Dict. Abr., ed. 4. (1768)

Type species: D. lonicera Mill.


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Hardin, J.W. 1968. Diervilla (Caprifoliaceae) of the southeastern US. Castanea 33(1): 31-36. JSTOR


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Vernacular names
English: Bush Honeysuckle
suomi: Vuohenkuusamat

Diervilla, or bush honeysuckle, is a genus of three species of deciduous shrubs in the family Caprifoliaceae, all indigenous to eastern North America. The genus is named after a French surgeon Dr. Marin Diereville, who introduced the plant to Europe around 1700.

The bush honeysuckles are low in height (1–2 m), of small to medium diameter (1–2 m), and develop into colonies by means of spreading underground rhizomes. Their leaves are simple, opposite and either oval or lanceolate in shape with a toothed edge. The fall color varies between yellow, orange and red. Small tubular flowers, typically pale yellow, are produced in June and July.

Image Common Name Scientific name Distribution
Diervilla lonicera (14409084086).jpg northern bush honeysuckle (other names low bush honeysuckle, dwarf bush honeysuckle, yellow-flowered upright honeysuckle) Diervilla lonicera from Northern Quebec and Labrador to Georgia and Alabama and reaches as far west as Saskatchewan
Diervilla rivularis kz03.jpg mountain bush honeysuckle (other names Georgia bush honeysuckle, hairy bush honeysuckle) Diervilla rivularis Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.
Diervilla sessilifolia 01.JPG southern bush honeysuckle Diervilla sessilifolia the Great Smoky Mountains and the southern Appalachian Mountains

Other species formerly included in Diervilla are now treated in the genus Weigela. The bush honeysuckles are commonly confused with the common wild honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica), or the Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), both members of the closely related genus Lonicera.

The British Diervilla national collection is held at Sheffield Botanical Gardens; along with the national collection of the closely related genus Weigela.[2]

Diervilla species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including the common emerald and the engrailed moths.


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