An unusual shrub native to parts of China, Buddleja alternifolia has elegant, arching branches covered with masses of fragrant, lilac flowers in early to mid summer. The leaves are ornamental in their own right, being lush green, fine and willow-like.
Lovely garden plant which can be trained up a supporting thin stake/bamboo cane or on wires against a sunny wall or fence to create a particularly good weeping display of branches.
Supplied Size: 2L/3L pots (approx 40 - 50 cm tall)
Position: Full sun.
Soil: Well drained, fertile soil. Buddleja alternifolia will not usually do well in wet or waterlogged soil.
Hardiness: Reasonably hardy. Enjoys some protection from cold winter winds.
Flowering Period: June - July.
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Habit: Medium sized, rounded shrub with long, arching branches.
Height: 2 m (6 ft) - 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: up to 3 m (10 ft)
Pruning: Buddleja alternifolia benefits from some thinning and pruning of older branches after flowering to prevent them becoming tangled and untidy.
The Buddleja alternifolia in our woodland gardens (taken in mid June 2011).