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Summer Lilac Buddleja 'Miss Pearl'

Phonetic Spelling
bud-LEE-uh mis PU-rl
Description

Buddleja 'Miss Pearl' boasts crisp, clean, pure white, slightly ruffled flowers.  Its semi-dwarf habit makes it a good choice as a landscape plant vs conventional varieties.  'Miss Pearl' blooms on new wood for months and will never be without dozens of honey-scented flowers.  It has been bred for low fertility and is therefore non-invasive and allowed for import into states such as Oregon which restrict most Buddlejas. It will bloom the first year after planting and is easy to grow, tolerating different soil types (although clay soil benefits from adding compost). A sunny location and well-drained soil are necessary for best performance.  Buddlejas do not tolerate poor drainage but are drought tolerant once established.

Deadheading is not necessary.  It is attractive to pollinators but resists deer and rabbits. 'Miss Pearl' may die back to the ground in colder zones but will resume growth from the crown the following spring. In regions where above-ground shoots survive over winter,  plants may require occasional moderate pruning in spring to maintain the desired compact shape. 

'Miss Pearl' is a hybrid cultivar of  Buddleja 'Miss Molly' and Buddleja 'Ice Chip' and was developed at North Carolina State University by Dr. Dennis Werner.

 

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Tags:
#showy flowers#fragrant flowers#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#easy to grow#wildlife plants#deciduous shrub#cottage garden#rabbit resistant#hedges#deer resistant#dense#long bloom time#border planting#pollinator plant#poor soils tolerant#compact habit#remontant#butterfly friendly#bee friendly#non-invasive#thriller#semi-dwarf#semi-upright form#repeat blooms#container plants
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Buddleja
    Family:
    Scrophulariaceae
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    hybrid from Sandhills Research Center, Jackson Springs NC
    Wildlife Value:
    Highly attractive to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 4 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Mounding
    Multi-stemmed
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    It is low fertility and produces few seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Crisp, clean white ruffled flowers bloom on new wood.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Plants are very dense with abundant lateral branching.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Lawn
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Nighttime Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heat
    Rabbits