Butterfly-bush

Genus: Buddleia davidii


Plant Type: Shrub

Hardiness Zone: Zones 4-10

Requirements: Full sun to light shade, regular water.

Zoo Location: Hummingbird Garden


Characteristics: A native to Japan and China, this shrub is available in different colors and sizes. Spring and summer growth can range from 3 to 10 feet, depending on the variety. Leaves are 4 to 12 inches long, dark green on top and silver on the underside. In midsummer the ends of the branches produce an arching spike of tiny, densely packed fragrant flower spikes in colors of white, pink or purple, depending on the exact variety. Bloom can be extended well into late summer by removing spent flowers clusters. This shrub often dies down to the ground in winter but will grow back from the roots and flower that same summer.

Did you Know? Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.


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