Butterfly Bush, Summer Lilac
Deciduous, Shrubs, Semi-evergreen
Upright, fountain-shaped shrubs beloved for summer flowers. Many selections are available, all notable for flower color, fragrance, or both. Grow in well-drained soil. Blossoms attract butterflies.Buddleja davidii
Semievergreen to deciduous. Native to China, Japan. Fast growth each spring and summer to 3, 4, or even 10 ft. tall and as wide. Tapering leaves are 4–12 in. long, dark green above, white and felted beneath. In midsummer, branch ends are adorned with small, fragrant flowers (lilac with orange eye) in dense, arching, spikelike, slender clusters 6–12 in. long or more.
Needs good drainage and enough water to maintain growth. Cut back heavily before spring growth begins. May die to the ground in freezing weather but will regrow from roots like a perennial and bloom the same year. Invasive in disturbed soils in parts of Oregon and Washington.
Similar to B. davidii, but smaller in all its parts. Fast growth to just 3–5 ft. tall a...
Semievergreen to deciduous. Native to China, Japan. Fast growth each spring and summer to 3, 4, or eve...
Deciduous shrub from eastern Asia. Grows to 10–12 ft. tall and 6 ft. wide. Upright and compact w...