CPC Plant Profile: Southern Bush-honeysuckle
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Southern Bush-honeysuckle (Diervilla sessilifolia)

  • Global Rank: G4 - Apparently Secure
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Caprifoliaceae
  • State: AL, GA, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
  • Nature Serve ID: 150947
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 01/01/1985

Diervilla sessilifolia is a North American shrub named in compliment of a French traveler, N. Dierville, who first brought the plant from Canada to Europe in 1699 (Small 1933). There are three Diervilla species, all of them eastern North American: D. lonicera, D. sessilifolia, and D. rivularis (Fernald 1949). All three are deciduous shrubs of small to medium size, spreading by means of underground stems and forming colonies.

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  • 10/05/2020

Propagation by seed (sow directly, without pre-treatment) brings consistent good result (Bir 1992).Propagation by softwood cuttings: in June-July, 2,500-5,000 ppm K-IBA, under mist or fog (easily rooted).

Nature Serve Biotics
  • 05/02/2017

Irina Kadis
  • 01/01/2010

Road construction, right-of-way maintenance Hydroelectric facilities, dams Erosion after logging Disturbance by thinning trees in the immediate proximity Overtopping by arboreal species or fast growing herbs or vines Natural habitats vanish due to pl

Irina Kadis
  • 01/01/2010

Remaining sites and populations is largely unknown.

Irina Kadis
  • 01/01/2010

Research other than propagation is not known. Propagation by seed (sow directly, without pre-treatment) brings consistent good result (Bir 1992). Propagation by softwood cuttings: in June-July, 2,500-5,000 ppm K-IBA, under mist or fog (easily rooted).

Irina Kadis
  • 01/01/2010

There is no formal management plan.

Irina Kadis
  • 01/01/2010

Comparative genetic study of the three Diervilla species would be helpful, as their taxonomic status is not yet clarified.


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Taxon Diervilla sessilifolia
Authority Buckley
Family Caprifoliaceae
CPC Number 6238
ITIS 35312
Common Names Southern bush honeysuckle | Southern bush-honeysuckle
Associated Scientific Names Diervilla sessilifolia | Diervilla sessilifolia var. sessilifolia | Weigela splendens
Distribution Historically, this species ranged from Georgia, Alabama (north to Warren Co.) to the mountains of northwestern Virginia (the Blue Ridge), West Virginia Radford et al. 1968, Foote and Jones 1994) and T
State Rank
State State Rank
Alabama S2S3
Georgia S3?
North Carolina S4
South Carolina SNR
Tennessee S3
West Virginia

Mountain woodlands, bluffs, stream banks, and road banks (Small 1933, Fernald 1949, Dirr 1988, Foote and Jones 1994).

Ecological Relationships

Ecological relationships are unknown.

Common Name Name in Text Association Type Source InteractionID
Bumble bees Bumblebees Confirmed Pollinator Link
Hummingbirds Hummingbirds Confirmed Pollinator Link
Lead Institution State Reintroduction Type Year of First Outplanting

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