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Kodiak® Black Diervilla rivularis

  • Hardy Zones
    • 5 - 7
  • Exposure
    • Full Shade
    • Part Shade to Shade
    • Part Sun to Sun
    • Sun
    • Sun or Shade
  • Season
    • Summer
    • Fall
  • Mature Size
    • 36 - 48 Inches
Proven Winners® Shrubs
Kodiak® Black Diervilla rivularis
Full Shade 36 - 48

Features

Looking for an adaptable native plant that's drought-tolerant, deer-resistant and colorful? This is it!

Diervilla just got a lot more colorful: this tough, easy-growing shrub is a standout with its dark burgundy-black foliage. The color is especially intense in spring and autumn. The bright yellow flowers add contrast in early summer. This is a durable native that thrives in sun or shade, and is a very useful landscape plant. 

Top three reasons to grow Kodiak® Black Diervilla:

  • One of the best shade-tolerant shrubs (though color is more intense in sun or part shade)
  • Never without clusters of yellow flowers during the summer
  • Dramatic black-purple foliage all season with vivid red tones in autumn
Foliage Interest
Fall Interest
Drought Tolerant
Erosion Control
Attracts: 
Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resists: 
Deer
Native to North America

Characteristics

Plant Type: 
Shrub
Shrub Type: 
Deciduous
Height Category: 
Medium
Garden Height: 
36 - 48 Inches
Spacing: 
48 - 60 Inches
Spread: 
36 - 48 Inches
Flower Colors: 
Yellow
Foliage Colors: 
Green
Foliage Colors: 
Purple
Foliage Shade: 
Burgundy-black
Habit: 
Mounded
Container Role: 
Thriller

Plant Needs

Light Requirement: 
Full Shade
Light Requirement: 
Part Shade to Shade
Light Requirement: 
Part Sun to Sun
Light Requirement: 
Sun
Light Requirement: 
Sun or Shade
Maintenance Category: 
Easy
Blooms On: 
New Wood
Bloom Time: 
Summer
Hardiness Zones: 
5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
Water Category: 
Average
Uses: 
Border Plant
Uses: 
Landscape
Uses: 
Mass Planting
Uses Notes: 

Naturalizing; mass plantings

Maintenance Notes: 

Adaptable to most soils, including dry ones. Trim in spring and apply a controlled-release fertilizer.

Fun Facts: 

Though it is sometimes called "bush honeysuckle," Diervilla is not invasive.

Kodiak® Black Diervilla rivularis 'SMNDRSF' USPP 27,550, Can 5,938
  • This is grown so well in my hot, dry, clay soil with little care. The foliage and flowers look pretty

    Outstanding My favorite plant, I recommend to others all the time and explain the reasons why I like it so much.
    Jennifer Winship
    Vernon
    British Columbia
    Canada
    46 weeks ago
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