Areas of origin: China. Discovered in 1869 by the abbot David. Introduced in 1895.
Adult Dimensions: Height less than 2 m (79"), width less than 2 m (79").
Soil type: All.
Hardiness: Hardy tolerant to -20°C.
Exposure: Full sun.
Speed of growth: Up to 1.5 metres in the first year.
Characteristics and Uses:
The flowers of the Buddleia or butterfly bush are fragrant, with long panicles and attract butterflies. Its blossom is abundant and last from July through to October.
The Buddleia is very vigorous and it can be pruned hard in winter. It can be planted on its own, in a group or in mixed hedges.
List of Buddleia:
Buddleia 'Adonis blue Adokeep', deep blue blossom
Buddleia 'Mauve', mauve blossom
Buddleia 'Pink delight', deep pink blossom
Buddleia 'Royal Red', crimson blossom
Buddleia 'White profusion', white blossom
See the Buddleia catalogue
The Buddleia davidii goes beautifully with:
Abelia grandiflora, beautiful pale pink- white blossom throughout summer
Border Forsythia (Forsythia intermedia), early golden yellow blossom
Buddleia (Buddleia Davidii), abundant and fragrant blossom from July through to October, highly attractive to butterflies
Heavenly Bamboo (Nandina domestica), beautiful white blossom throughout spring and summer, followed by extremely decorative red berries
Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus), white blossom from November through to April, followed by bluish - black berries
Milkflower Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster lacteus), white blossom in June - July, followed by red berries in October
Variegated Pink Weigelia (Weigelia florida 'Variegata'), abundant blossom of pink bell shaped flowers throughout summer
The Buddleia davidii is used in the following flowering hedges:
Flowering Hedge 'Emma'