Common Name: mountain bush honeysuckle
Type: Deciduous shrub
Zone: 5 to 7
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 3.00 to 4.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to August
Bloom Description: Yellow
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Suggested Use: Hedge
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates some drought. Wide range of soil tolerance.
SUMMER STARS is a dwarf bush-honeysuckle selection introduced by the Morton Arboretum near Chicago. It is a densely-branched deciduous shrub that slowly grows to 3' tall and 4' wide. Panicles (cymes) of yellow trumpet-shaped flowers (to 1" long) in late spring to early summer. Pubescent, ovate to oblong-lanceolate, opposite, nearly sessile leaves are dark green. Fall color ranges from non-existent to pleasing yellow-red. The species grows to 6' tall and is native to the Appalachian Mountains in the southeastern U. S. (North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee). 'Morton' is the original cultivar name of this plant, however it is being marketed under the name of Summer Stars.
No serious insect or disease problems.
Small hedge. Ground cover shrub. Naturalize in woodland gardens or on slopes. Shrub borders.