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Buddleja salviifolia

Description

Sageleaf Butterfly Bush is a large multi-stemmed shrub or small tree grown for its foliage and its attractive semi-weeping habit. It flowers on previous year's wood so prune right after flowering. Pruning is essential to maintain shape.  It is very hardy and may remain evergreen through mild winters.  Plant as a windbreak, in a mixed shrub border, in a pollinator or sensory garden for naturalized area of the landscape.  It propagates easily from softwood stem cuttings.  

Insects, Diseses, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems.  Protect from frost until established.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#bees#butterflies#small tree#wildlife plant#deciduous shrub#mixed borders#windbreak#fast growing#dry soil tolerant#shrub border#pollinator plant#naturalized area#nectar plant summer#late spring nectar#sensory garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#butterflies#small tree#wildlife plant#deciduous shrub#mixed borders#windbreak#fast growing#dry soil tolerant#shrub border#pollinator plant#naturalized area#nectar plant summer#late spring nectar#sensory garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Buddleja
    Species:
    salviifolia
    Family:
    Scrophulariaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Africa
    Wildlife Value:
    Nectar from flowers attracts, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 12 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-stemmed
    Weeping
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Small capsule, seed heads are often removed because they are not attractive.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Pale lavender cone-shaped panicles 5" long and 3" wide with 4 petaled tiny flowers. Not as showy as other Buddleja's. Flowers from late spring through summer.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Coppery green above light and hairy below with prominent veins. Highly textured narrow fragrant leaves with a pointed tip.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Garden for the Blind
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Dry Soil