Diervilla ‘Kodiak Orange’

The ‘Kodiak Orange’ Diervilla (Diervilla spp. ‘Kodiak Orange’) is a vibrant and resilient deciduous shrub, part of the Kodiak series, celebrated for its stunning orange to red fall foliage and adaptable nature. This bush honeysuckle variant is not only drought-resistant but also thrives in a wide range of conditions, making it an excellent choice for challenging garden spots or naturalized landscapes.

See below for some key features and information.

  • Height and Spread: Typically reaches about 3 to 4 feet in height and spread, forming a compact, bushy mound that fits well in a variety of landscape settings.
  • Leaves: Its leaves are a point of interest throughout the growing season, starting green and then turning a vibrant orange to red in the fall, from which it derives its name.
  • Flowers: The shrub produces clusters of small, yellow, trumpet-shaped flowers in early to mid-summer, adding to its ornamental value. These flowers are attractive to pollinators, including bees and butterflies.
  • Growth Habit: ‘Kodiak Orange’ has a robust and bushy growth habit, making it suitable for mass plantings, borders, and as a naturalized garden feature.
Habitat and Cultivation
  • Native Range and Adaptability: While the species Diervilla is native to North America, ‘Kodiak Orange’ is specifically bred for enhanced ornamental appeal and adaptability. It is hardy in USDA zones 4 through 7, capable of thriving in a variety of environmental conditions.
  • Soil and Sunlight: Prefers well-drained soils but is remarkably adaptable to both dry and moist soil conditions. It can grow in full sun to partial shade, with sunnier spots encouraging more vibrant fall coloration.
  • Watering: Once established, ‘Kodiak Orange’ Diervilla is highly drought-tolerant, though it benefits from occasional watering during prolonged dry spells, especially in its first few growing seasons.
Care and Maintenance
  • Pruning: Minimal pruning is required. It can be pruned in early spring to maintain shape or to encourage more dense growth, but the plant is generally low-maintenance in terms of upkeep.
Landscaping Use
  • The ‘Kodiak Orange’ Diervilla is a versatile landscaping shrub, ideal for adding vibrant color to borders, slopes, and naturalized areas. Its drought resistance makes it suitable for xeriscaping or gardens with poor soil.
  • It can also be used as an attractive ground cover or for erosion control, thanks to its spreading habit and dense foliage.


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