BUDDLEJA davidii 'Empire Blue'

Commonly known as Buddleia, Butterfly bush

Nearest to true blue of any variety
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Mid-green leaves to 25cm (10in).
  • Blue
    Violet blue with orange throat
  • Height
    2m (6½ft)
  • Spread
    1.5m (5ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Fast-growing shrub with long, arching shoots
  • Hardy - cold winter
    Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun

BUDDLEJA davidii 'Empire Blue'

 
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Wildlife plant - bees, butterflies and other insects.
    Pests & Diseases
    Capsid bugs, caterpillars, figwort weevil, mullein moth, red spider mites.
    Place of origin
    China, Japan. Garden origin. c1941. USA. Karle A Lucal, Ohio
  • Flower Shape
    Panicles
    Dense panicles 20-25cm (8-10in) long
  • Garden Location/Conditions
    Coastal / windswept
    Suitable for open site, slightly back from the sea
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Entire
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Lanceolate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 4
    Suitable for: Deciduous trees and shrubs that flower on current year's growth or are grown for winter stem effect.
    Pruning: Hard prune to a low permanent framework.
    When: Annually in early Spring.

    RHS group 5, 6 & 7
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
    Summer
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile well drained soil
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
    Butterfly friendly
    Rabbit Resistant
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2m (6½ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  1.5m (5ft)
 

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