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River Alder vs Northern Bush Honeysuckle

Alnus incana

Diervilla lonicera

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River Alder
Northern Bush Honeysuckle

River Alder is a large shrub or small tree with a multi-stemmed, spreading habit. It is an excellent tree to plant if you want to stabilize the soil near rivers and creeks.

Unlike the other alder varieties, River Alder is attractive enough to be included in riverside plantings by municipal and provincial park organizations.

The Northern Bush Honeysuckle is a small, dense, deciduous shrub. The trumpet-like yellow flowers bloom late spring to early summer. Dark green leaves turn yellow then red in the fall. The flower nectar has a sweet honey taste that can be sucked out of the flower.

Because of its aggressive suckering habit, the Northern Bush Honeysuckle makes a great hedge, shrub border, or thicket in a woodland garden.

RIVER ALDER QUICK FACTS

NORTHERN BUSH HONEYSUCKLE QUICK FACTS

Zone: 1a
Zone: 3a
Height: 8 m (25 ft)
Height: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Spread: 4 m (12 ft)
Spread: 0.9 m (3 ft)
Moisture: normal, wet
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: shade, partial shade
Fuzz/fluff: yes
Catkins: yes
Fall colour: yellow to orange
Flowers: yellow to red
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: very fast
Life span: short
Life span: short
Suckering: none
Suckering: high





Other Names: low bush honeysuckle