KODIAK® Black Diervilla

Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Shade Height: 3-4' Width/Spread: 3-4'

This is a showy selection of our native species. Burgundy-black new growth in spring turns dark green in summer, and purple in fall. The yellow summer flowers support pollinator populations. One of the few plants to tolerate dry shade, this is an adaptable, durable choice for landscapes. Color will be more pronounced in sun or Part Sun.


Light: Will thrive in the full range of sun conditions. It gets the best foliage color and highest bloom count with a few hours of direct sun.

Soil: Adaptable to most soils, except those that stay wet. Any period of extended sogginess will not be tolerated.

Water: Average water needs, once established, it’s quite drought tolerant.

Fertilizing: Nothing special required. If desired, you may apply a granular fertilizer formulated for woody plants in late winter/early spring when the soil is workable.

Pruning: Rejuvenation pruning every 3 to 5 years is recommended – this is the process of removing 1/3 of the thickest branches all the way to the ground. Can be pruned to shape in the springtime.

Other: Makes a great cut flower or foliage filler for arrangements.

Botanical Name

Diervilla rivularis 'SMNDRSF' PP#27,550, CBR#5938


4, 5, 6, 7

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Black, Green






Full Sun, Part Sun, Shade


Dry, Moist

Season of Interest



Borders, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Rain Gardens


Alkaline soil, Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Cut flower, Drought tolerant, Fall interest, Foliage interest, Native


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