Diervilla sessilifolia 'LPDC Podaras' (Cool Splash™)

Cool Splash™ Bush Honeysuckle




Patents: PP#19391

Family: Caprifoliaceae

Genus: Diervilla

Parent: Diervilla sessilifolia

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 4 to 8

Size: 2 to 3' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Variegated foliage, white to cream margins and dark green centers. Yellow flowers in summer. The stems turn red as they mature. Will spread by stolons and sucker but not considered invasive.


From a breeding experiment in 2004 by Peter Podaras and Landscape Plant Development Center at Cornell University. It was discovered as a naturally occurring branch mutation among seedlings of Diervilla sessilifolia in an outdoor nursery trial bed.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant from Rare Find in December 2011 and planted it in the 'Big Trees and Birds' garden. It struggled and in spring 2013 died from fertilizer burn.

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