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Weyeriana Butterfly Bush Buddleja x weyeriana

Other Common Name(s):

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bud-LAY-yah BY why-er-ee-AH-nah
Description

Buddleja weyeriana grows in average, well-drained soil in full sun. It can become weedy if not grown in full sun and will have less vigorous flowering. As with other Buddleja's, it does poorly in wet, poorly draining conditions. However, it tolerates clay soil that has been properly amended with compost. This is not as winter hardy as other Buddlejas. It may die back to the roots in zone 5b or 6 and should be grown in a protected area and well mulched. 

Deadheading of flowers will encourage additional bloom.  This butterfly bush blooms on both old and new wood and pruning branches close to the ground in late winter will produce abundant flowers and a better shape to the plant. It will typically grow 5-7 feet tall in a single season and can grow much taller if not pruned, with an upright, spreading habit.

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See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Golden Glow'
  • 'Honeycomb'
    More winter hardy
  • 'Sungold'
    Golden yellow flowers, strong fragrance
'Golden Glow', 'Honeycomb', 'Sungold'
Tags:
#arching#deciduous#full sun tolerant#fragrant flowers#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#shrub#wildlife plants#purple flowers#weedy#deciduous shrub#nectar plant#cut flowers#showy leaves#orange flowers#cottage garden#rabbit resistant#mass planting#well-drained soil#spreading#deer resistant#herbaceous perennials#long bloom time#pollinator plant#mid-summer flowers#nectar plant fall#nectar plant summer#early summer flowers#late summer flowers#humidity tolerant#small group plantings#clay soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#early fall flowers#partial shade tolerant#bee friendly#wet soils intolerant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Golden Glow'
  • 'Honeycomb'
    More winter hardy
  • 'Sungold'
    Golden yellow flowers, strong fragrance
'Golden Glow', 'Honeycomb', 'Sungold'
Tags:
#arching#deciduous#full sun tolerant#fragrant flowers#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#shrub#wildlife plants#purple flowers#weedy#deciduous shrub#nectar plant#cut flowers#showy leaves#orange flowers#cottage garden#rabbit resistant#mass planting#well-drained soil#spreading#deer resistant#herbaceous perennials#long bloom time#pollinator plant#mid-summer flowers#nectar plant fall#nectar plant summer#early summer flowers#late summer flowers#humidity tolerant#small group plantings#clay soils tolerant#butterfly friendly#early fall flowers#partial shade tolerant#bee friendly#wet soils intolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Buddleja
    Family:
    Scrophulariaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Hybrid of B.globosa and B.davidii var.magnifica
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts bees, birds, butterflies​/​moths, and other pollinators. It is a caterpillar food plant, provides shelter and seeds for birds.
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Colorful
    Fragrance
    Wildlife Cover/Habitat
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 5 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 4 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Erect
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    6-feet-12 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 6a, 6b, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    The seeds are partially winged, like tiny commas with a slight point to the wing at one end. The seeds (excluding the wings) are much smaller than those of B. globosa and slightly smaller than those of B. davidii.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Good Cut
    Long Bloom Season
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are apricot color, pale yellow, yellowish-orange. They are irregular and loosely distributed and appear from early summer through early fall. It blooms on both old and new wood so pruning times do not affect flowers.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Lance-shaped silvery-green to deep green leaves which may grow to 8".
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Hedge
    Mass Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Heat
    Humidity
    Rabbits
    Problems:
    Weedy