Buddleja lindleyana Fortune

Evergreen Butterfly Bush, Lindley’s Butterfly Bush

Flower and leaves

Flower and leaves


Family: Scrophulariaceae

Genus: Buddleja

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 8' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun


May be limbed up as a small tree. Lilac/blue flowers are similar to Buddleja davidii Franco but shorter and less coarse. Spent flowers are less noticeable. The shrub has a much more delicate appearance. Some gardeners are reporting excessive suckering. Attractive to bees and butterflies.


Native to China.

Published in Edwards's Bot. Reg. 30(Misc.): 25 in 1844 by John Lindley. He refers to seeds which were found by Robert Fortune and sent to the Horticultural Society to be raised in their garden.


My Experience: 

I first saw this posted as an Evergreen Butterly Bush at Callaway Gardens in GA. I purchased a small 1-gallon at Woodlander's in April 2010 and planted it in the back garden. It grew rapidly and after one summer was a 3' tall and wide rounded shrub. It flowered throughout the summer and into autumn. The habit was tidy and the flowers were smaller than on Buddleja davidii. The leaves are a darker green and hide the spent flowers much better. No weeping habit yet, but much preferred over Buddleja davidii anyway. Still waiting to see what happens to the leaves over the winter but after many heavy frosts in November and December there's no sign of browning or dropping.

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