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Buddleja alternifolia (Alternate-Leaved Butterfly Bush)

Alternate-Leaved Butterfly Bush, Fountain Butterfly Bush, Weeping Butterfly Bush


Fast growing and cold hardy, award-winning Buddleja alternifolia (Butterfly Bush) is a gorgeous, deciduous, multi-stemmed shrub that can be trained as a small weeping tree. It features gracefully arching branches, studded with lance-shaped, gray-green leaves and sweetly scented clusters of lilac-purple flowers. Borne in the leaf axils along the previous year's stems, the long flower spikes, up to 18 in. (45 cm), drape over the bush in late spring or early summer. A superb, easily-grown plant that is favored by butterflies.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 10-12 ft. tall and wide (300-360 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Best flower production is obtained in full sun. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions including poor or dry soils, but excluding wet conditions.
  • Perfect for shrub borders, foundation plantings,butterfly gardens, or cottage gardens.
  • Flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings
  • Prune in late spring immediately after flowering.
  • Native to China

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 10
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Buddleja - Butterfly Bush
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 10' – 12' (3m – 3.6m)
Spread 10' – 12' (3m – 3.6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 10
Climate Zones 2B, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Buddleja - Butterfly Bush
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 10' – 12' (3m – 3.6m)
Spread 10' – 12' (3m – 3.6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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