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BUDDLEJA davidii var. alba

Image of Buddleja davidii var. alba

Jessie Keith

Family

Loganiaceae

Botanical Name

BUDDLEJA davidii var. alba

Plant Common Name

Orange-eye Butterflybush, White Butterflybush

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General Description

Butterflybush is an upright, arching shrub of medium height. It has gray-green leaves and commonly bears lilac-colored flowers from mid-summer to frost. There are many cultivars that vary in height and offer flower colors in shades of red, pink, purple, and white. Plant prefer full sun and well-drained soils. This is a wonderful shrub for attracting butterflies, but plants tend to freely seed themselves throughout the garden. Butterflybush provides summer interest for mixed borders and foundation plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, 2a, 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

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    5'-10' / 1.5m - 3.0m (8)

  • Width

    4'-8' / 1.2m - 2.4m (5)

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Red, Purple, Pink, Hot Pink, Rose, Burgundy, Dark Red, Indigo, Lavender, Blue Violet, Plum

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Gray Green, Yellow Green

  • Bark Color

    Green, Brown, Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes