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Copper Bush Honeysuckle

Diervilla lonicera 'Copper'

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Copper Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera 'Copper') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Copper Bush Honeysuckle foliage

Copper Bush Honeysuckle foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Copper Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla lonicera 'Copper') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Copper Bush Honeysuckle

Copper Bush Honeysuckle

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Dwarf Bush Honeysuckle


A good durable utility shrub with glossy bronze tinged foliage and good fall color; dainty yellow trumpet flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies; overall trouble-free, tolerant of adverse conditions; good in massing

Ornamental Features

Copper Bush Honeysuckle has attractive dark green deciduous foliage which emerges coppery-bronze in spring on a plant with a round habit of growth. The glossy pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding red in the fall. It features subtle panicles of buttery yellow trumpet-shaped flowers along the branches in early summer.

Landscape Attributes

Copper Bush Honeysuckle is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering

Copper Bush Honeysuckle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Copper Bush Honeysuckle will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Copper Bush Honeysuckle makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our experts for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden  Naturalizing  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Fall Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features