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Buddleja davidii (Buddleja, buddleia, butterfly bush)

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Plant description

buddleja davidii1

buddleja davidii buddleja

Buddleja davidii is a tough deciduous shrub with fragrant panicles of flowers that are butterfly magnets. There are many cultivars in a range of colours. They are quick growers with bushy habit, and can be cut back hard to encourage dense growth. They seed readily, so can become a weed. It is regarded as an environmental weed in Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales, but has not been declared as a noxious weed.

Buddleja davidii is native to rocky riversides in China.

Further reading: Hedges and Pruning a hedge in 7 steps (articles written by horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: White, pink, purple, mauve
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Scent

Honey fragranced

Plant size

Maximum height: 5 metres
Minimum height: 3 metres

Maximum width: 5 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butterflies.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical, arid.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: wet, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6-7

Diseases

Root rot, downy mildew in wet conditions

Pests

Spider mites, nematodes, caterpillars

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Any.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose.

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