Category: Shrub - Deciduous
Zones: 5 to 10
Size: 5' to 15' tall and wide
Growth Rate: Fast
Best results when hard-pruned in late winter. Prefers well-drained moist soil. Leaves persist in warmer climates. Flowers in long panicles, usually shades of blue and lilac with an orange throat in the center. Very attractive to bees and butterflies.
Leaves are opposite, long 4 to 10" long 1 to 3" wide, serrate, gray-green to dark-green on top and tomentose beneath. This sometimes gives a silvery look, depending on the cultivar. Usually a weeping form with long arching stems.
Can be used for cut flowers although the blooms only last a couple of days in the vase.
Pinching off spent flowers will encourage new blooms.
'Miss Ruby' - complex hybrid including davidii, globosa, and fallowiana. PP#19950 Dennis Werner for NC State, compact habit, upright growth and flowers, bright pink flowers.
Named in honour of Armand David, a missionary and botanist working in China, who sent specimens back to the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. At the end of the 19th Century, plants were sent to Kew and there used in breeding programs. Native to China and Japan and naturalized in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and US.
Published in Nouv. Arch. Mus. Hist. Nat. Ser. 2 10: 65 in 1887. First cultivated in 1890. RHS Award of Merit in 1898.
Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery Inc wrote a great article on Buddleja.
- Buddleja alternifolia Maxim.
- Buddleja hybrid 'Blue Chip'
- Buddleja cordata Kunth
- Buddleja hybrid 'Evil Ways'
- Buddleja fallowiana Balf.f. & W.W.Sm.
- Buddleja x hybrid 'Buzz™ Ivory'
- Buddleja x hybrid 'Buzz™ Lavender'
- Buddleja x hybrid 'Buzz™ Sky Blue'
- Buddleja x hybrid 'Buzz™ Velvet'
- Buddleja hybrid 'Ice Chip'
- Buddleja lindleyana Fortune
- Buddleja saligna Willd.
- Buddleja salviifolia (L.) Lam.
- Buddleja thyrsoides Lam.
- Buddleja x weyeriana Weyer
- Buddleja hybrid 'White Ball'