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BUDDLEJA x weyeriana 'Sungold'

Image of Buddleja x weyeriana 'Sungold'

James H. Schutte

Family

Loganiaceae

Botanical Name

BUDDLEJA x weyeriana 'Sungold'

Plant Common Name

Golden Butterflybush, Sungold Butterflybush

General Description

Distinguished by its golden orange flowers, 'Sungold' is a colorful butterflybush that offers warm tones to sunny gardens.

Golden butterflybush is a vigorous hybrid of Buddleja davidii and B. globosa but retains the orange-yellow flower color of the latter species. This medium-sized, deciduous shrub has gently arching branches lined with glossy deep green foliage. Its flowers are borne in clusters that appear from summer to autumn. Removing spent blooms will encourage continued flowering.

Drought tolerant once established, golden butterflybush should be grown in full sun and perfectly drained, average soil for best results. Attractive to butterflies and bees, its interesting flowers are great for cutting and brighten sunny shrub borders and foundation plantings.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Height

    5'-15' / 1.5m - 4.6m

  • Width

    5'-10' / 1.5m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Arching/Fountain-shaped

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow, Orange

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    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

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No