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Diervilla sessilifolia ‘Butterfly’
Diervilla sessilifolia ‘Butterfly’

Diervilla

Bush Honeysuckle

Named after a French surgeon called Dierville who introduced the plant to Europe in the early 1700s, this small staunch genus counts Honeysuckle and Weigela among its cousins and calls the southeastern U.S. its home.

<i>Diervilla sessilifolia</i> ‘Butterfly’ <i>Diervilla sessilifolia</i> ‘Butterfly’

Named after a surgeon called Dierville, this impressive Dutch cultivar is a member of a small deciduous genus that moseys throughout the southeastern U.S. and counts Honeysuckle and Weigela among its kin. A magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies, upright terminal clusters house cheerful yellow flowers with recurved petals and sprightly stamens. The handsome lustrous leaves, characterized by tapered tips, newly unfurled bronze tones and mid-green summer-time hues, signal autumn in shades ranging from ebullient yellows to fiery reds. As if the bounty of sunshine-bright blooms, colorful tidy foliage and sturdy red-tinged stems wasn’t enough, ‘Butterfly’s compact habit exhibits some dogged traits. It can stabilize hillsides plus thwart deer, drought and harsh winds, as well as endure varying sun exposures, poor soil or otherwise difficult sites.

Blooms May-July

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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