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Kodiak® Black Diervilla

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  • USDA Hardiness Zones 5-8
  • Height 3-4 Feet Tall
  • Spread 3-4 Feet Wide
  • Light Requirement is Sun or Shade

Kodiak Black Diervilla is a great compact deciduous plant choice for introducing dark burgundy-black foliage into your perennial garden or boring all green shrub border. It also produces clusters of yellow trumpet-shaped flowers along its branches in early summer on new growth. The half-inch flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

This deciduous shrub drops its glossy leaves in the fall. The new green leaves that emerge in the spring quickly change to a dark red variegated color that becomes even darker in the fall. This plant can be grown in sun or shade conditions in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 to 8. This dense multi-stemmed mounded shrub matures to be 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. The multiple stems fill out this plant beginning at ground level.

Kodiak Black Diervilla Care

Kodiak Black Diervilla rivularis 'SMNDRSF' is a native North American species. It does require some maintenance to remove suckers that occasionally sprout. Prune in late winter or early spring. It’s drought-tolerant and deer resistant.

Kodiak Black Diervilla Spacing

This plant can be used in mass plantings, perennial borders, naturalized woodland gardens, foundation plantings and as a container plant. It is sometimes referred to as honeysuckle bush but it’s not invasive like some honeysuckles are. Space plants 4 to 5 feet apart on center.

Interesting Fact(s) - Diervilla is sometimes called "bush honeysuckle," but this species is not invasive at all, like some honeysuckles are.

Kodiak Black Diervilla Plant Facts

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-8
Flower Color(s): Yellow
Bloom Period: Summer
Foliage Color(s): Green to Purple
Light Exposure: Sun or Shade
Height Class: Medium
Height: 3-4 Feet
Spread: 3-4 Feet
Spacing: 4-5 Feet
Habit: Mounded
Blooms On: New Wood
Watering: Average
Shrub Type: Deciduous
Scientific Name: Kodiak® Black Diervilla rivularis 'SMNDRSF' USPP 27,550
Common Name: Kodiak® Black Diervilla
Other Name(s): Mountain Bush Honeysuckle; Hairy Bush-honeysuckle
Brand: Proven Winners®
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Features: Fall Interest; Fragrant Flower
Attracts: Hummbingbirds, Butterflies & Bees

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

For more information, please go to our Shipping & Returns page at the bottom of the website.

Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 7-10 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Winter to Early Spring

  • Is it warm enough to plant in the customer’s growing zone?
  • What areas does the plant has to travel through from our nursery to your home?
  • Is the plant at the nursery ready to ship.
    • The plants from the South will naturally be ready sooner than the plants from the North (If you have questions or concerns about when a plant will ship please email us at


  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Fall into Winter

  • We’ll ship all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


  • Get your order in now to reserve you plants for Spring planting!

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.

1 Review - Kodiak® Black Diervilla Show Reviews

  • 5
    I was surprised that the $40+ plant was only...

    Posted by Lisa Gray on May 29th 2020

    I was surprised that the $40+ plant was only quart size. Extremely overpriced in my opinion