Buddleja davidii 'Tobud1305' BUTTERFLY TOWER

Buddleja davidii 'Tobud1305'
Buddleja davidii 'Tobud1305' BUTTERFLY TOWER
butterfly bush, buddleja
SIZE/TYPE medium-sized shrub
 taller shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 1-2m
USUAL WIDTH 0.5-0.8m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS purple red
BLOOMING TIME July - September
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Summer blooms
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Buddleja is better known as butterfly bush. The reason is obvious – from early summer when it starts blooming until early autumn it produces large, scented flowers that attract winged insects, mostly butterflies. Old varieties are commonly large shrubs, however, more and more modern plants are bred for smaller and compact growth.

BUTTERFLY TOWER is undoubtedly one of the most fascinating butterfly bush varieties. It was bred by Thompson and Morgan from England, possibly the most famous and longest running seeds and plant mail order company, and introduced in 2019. In spring it may look like a tiny compact shrub but as the season continues it rises to the sky into a slim, well-behaving column covered with flowers top to toe. And butterflies, obviously.

The flowers are rich magenta purple, narrowly funnel-shaped, composed in erect, conical racemes 10-14 cm long, and mildly fragrant. Blooming begins in early July and lasts until early autumn if you regularly deadhead spent flowers. However, we noticed that BUTTERFLY TOWER continues producing flowers even without deadheading. Deciduous leaves are narrowly lance-shaped, mid to dark green above, silvery underneath, partly hairy. It is a compact and dense bush ideal for combination with golden yellow rudbeckias, blue hardy plumbago, violet and white sages, or pink garden fuchsias.

Butterfly bush requires little care. Still, we strongly recommend hard pruning every spring to low permanent framework when buds begin to swell. Plant it in full sun, in well-drained humus-rich soil. It will die in boggy soil after winter. Though hardy to -29°C (USDA zone 5) it performs better in warmer zones. We suggest buying older plants with woody framework for planting in colder areas.

Last update 06-09-2020
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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