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.
Properties 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.