Northern bush honeysuckle

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated April 2019.

Scientific name: Diervilla lonicera P. Mill.; also Diervilla diervilla (L.) MacM.

Common name(s): northern bush honeysuckle, bush honeysuckle, low bush honeysuckle, dwarf bush honeysuckle, life-of-man, yellow flowered upright honeysuckle, diervilla

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile, NPIN Profile, Go Botany

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– generally flowers June, July in ME


-reaches 2′-4′ tall,

-twigs with four densely hairy ridges when young,

-oblong, opposite leaves oval at base and tapering at the tip

  • toothed and pointed at the end with short leaf stock

-Flowers yellow and funnel-shaped

  • grow in twos or threes at tips of stems
  • 3/4″ long with protruding stamens.

-a good substitute instead of planting the nonnative invasive honeysuckle

Wildlife Benefits:

-provides winter and summer browse for deer and moose


-alpine zones

-disturbed sites

-forest edges




Hansen, R.W., S.B. Hansen and E.A. Osgood. 1991. Reproductive phenologies of selected flowering plants in eastern Maine forests. ME Agric. Exp. Station Tech. Bull. 143. 17 pp.

Heinrich, B. 1976. Flowering phenologies: Bog, woodland, and disturbed habitats. Ecology. 57(5):890-899.

Go Botany. “Diervilla Lonicera P. Mill.” Diervilla Lonicera (Bush-Honeysuckle): Go Botany, 2021,