Buddleja alternifolia

Buddleja alternifolia
Buddleja alternifolia 
fountain butterfly bush
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 2-4m
USUAL WIDTH 2-3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS violet
BLOOMING TIME June - July
LOCATION full sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Fountain butterfly bush is a lovely form of a popular butterfly bush, with arching, almost weeping branches that can touch the ground after a few years of growing. This deciduous shrub comes from China and is cultivated for abundance of lilac-violet flowers that are clustered along its arching branches. Unlike the common butterfly bush these are borne on previous year’s wood so any sort of pruning should happen right after flowering in early to midsummer. Leaves are mid green or grey green, lanceolate, up to 7 cm long.

Fountain butterfly bush is a fast grower of an uneven, almost wild habit. For a more formal and neat appearance regular pruning is recommended. Keep a solid framework of strong branches and remove all weak and thin twigs. The plant will quickly make new growths and fill itself up. It is easy to grow as it loves poor, gritty soil and no extra fertilizing or watering. Just make sure it is placed in full sun. Hardy to about -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 04-02-2013
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Buddleja alternifolia height 40-60 cm
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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