Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Exposure: Full Sun, Part Sun, Shade Height: 2-3' Width/Spread: 2-3'

The plant equivalent of a cool breeze. Kodiak Fresh® diervilla brings invigorating energy into any garden with its vibrant, color-changing foliage. Its new growth emerges a peppy orange, contrasted by an even tone of lime green on the mature growth. In the summertime, bunches of tubed, yellow blooms arrive for weeks delighting hummingbirds and cut flower growers. Its foliage is a medium to large texture, and its color is a handsome accompaniment to any arrangement. Plant this cheery native species in a prominent spot to freshen up your garden!

Why grow Kodiak Fresh™ diervilla?

  • Cheerful color
  • Pollinator magnet
  • Native to North America


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 x splendens 'SMNDSS' PP#34,138; CBRAF

Flower Color


Foliage Color

Green, Orange, Red






Full Sun, Part Sun, Shade


Average, Dry, Moist, Well-drained

Season of Interest



Borders, Cutting Gardens, Foundations, Low Hedges, Mass Planting, Naturalizing, Rain Gardens, Woodland gardens


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

Blooms on

New wood


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