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Cool Splash® Bush Honeysuckle

Diervilla sessilifolia 'LPDC Podaras'

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Cool Splash Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla sessilifolia 'LPDC Podaras') at The Growing Place

Cool Splash® Bush Honeysuckle flowers

Cool Splash® Bush Honeysuckle flowers

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Cool Splash Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla sessilifolia 'LPDC Podaras') at The Growing Place

Cool Splash® Bush Honeysuckle

Cool Splash® Bush Honeysuckle

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Cool Splash Bush Honeysuckle (Diervilla sessilifolia 'LPDC Podaras') at The Growing Place

Cool Splash® Bush Honeysuckle foliage

Cool Splash® Bush Honeysuckle foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Southern Bush Honeysuckle

Brand:  First Editions


This new introduction features attractive, horizontally branched stems with glowing white variegated leaves and yellow trumpet flowers on a compact shrub; best foliage variegation occurs in full sun; quite the colorful garden accent

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Our Growing Place Choice plants are chosen because they are strong performers year after year, staying attractive with less maintenance when planted in the right place.

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Ornamental Features

Cool Splash® Bush Honeysuckle has attractive white-variegated dark green foliage throughout the season. The oval leaves are highly ornamental but do not develop any appreciable fall color. It features subtle panicles of yellow trumpet-shaped flowers along the branches in early summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Cool Splash® Bush Honeysuckle is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

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

Cool Splash® Bush Honeysuckle is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Cool Splash® 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 does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selection of a native North American species.

Cool Splash® 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.

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