Diervilla Kodiak® Fresh™
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.
A Proven Winners® variety, Diervilla Kodiak® Fresh™ is a flowering deciduous shrub offering 3 seasons of interest. Bright chartreuse foliage first emerges in orange and red hues. Tiny yellow flowers, borne in terminal clusters, appear all summer, attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The vibrant leaves add vivid color and texture to the garden all season and are often used as foliage filler in floral arrangements. With its brilliant orange fall foliage, diervilla is an environmentally friendly alternative to burning bush (Euonymus alatus), which is invasive and being restricted throughout the U.S.
A Diervilla x splendens, commonly called bush honeysuckle (a misnomer) or diervilla (preferred), Kodiak Fresh has a tidy, upright, mounded habit and a fast growth rate but is not invasive. Shown to best effect when massed or grouped, the shrub is ideal for low-maintenance hedges, foundation plantings, and erosion control. It is a perfect addition to wildlife gardens and an excellent "thriller" in a container garden.
Cold hardy and easy to grow, Kodiak Fresh prefers full sun to part shade and moist, well-draining, humusy loams but tolerates a wide range of soils, including clay soils. It tolerates dry soil but loves wet feet. Diervilla is one of the most shade tolerant shrubs; however, the best color and blooming occur with plenty of sun, and in northern climates, it should be planted in full sun. It is deer resistant, drought tolerant, and generally unbothered by pests. The shrub benefits from pruning every 3 to 5 years, but it blooms on new wood, so any pruning should be done in spring.
A native plant, Kodiak Fresh is indigenous to North America. Native plants are not only beautiful but also environmentally friendly. Naturally adapted to the climate and soil conditions of the region, they thrive without fertilizers or extra watering, once established. They also act as natural pest controls, reducing the need for pesticides in the garden. Landscaping with native plants promotes biodiversity and provides shelter and quality food for wildlife and pollinators, bringing gardens to life.
|Bloom Season Start:||Early Summer|
|Bloom Season End:||Late Summer|
|USDA Zone Low:||3|
|USDA Zone High:||8|
|Uses:||Beds, Cut Flowers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Hedge, Specimen|
|Zone:||3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|State Shipping Restrictions:||GU, HI, ID, PR, VI|