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Buddleja colvilei

Colvile butterfly bush

B. colvilei is an upright, deciduous, large shrub or small tree to 6m. It has long, narrow, pointed leaves and produces tight, hanging sprays up to 20cm long of small, dark red or dark pink flowers in early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
4–8 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
4–8 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink Red Green
Autumn Green
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Drought resistance
Yes
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Scrophulariaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Buddleja can be evergreen or deciduous shrubs, occasionally trees or scrambling climbers with simple leaves and panicles of small, tubular fragrant flowers

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Himalaya

How to grow

Cultivation

Performs best when grown in a sunny, sheltered, well-drained situation

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 6

Pests

Can get capsid bug, caterpillars, leaf and bud eelworms, figwort weevil, aphids and glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

May suffer from a virus

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