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Plant Profile: White Flowered Chinese Butterfly Bush (Buddleja fallowiana var alba)

Buddleja fallowiana var alba bushA native of Yunnan in western China, this deciduous shrub grows in open woodland, and along forest edges and waterways. White felted shoots bear lanceolate silver-green leaves up to ten inches long that are felted on their lower surface. An abundance of slender, densely-packed, arching panicles of creamy white flowers with a yellow to orange eye and vanilla fragrance are produced in late summer into fall.

Buddleja fallowiana var alba flowerType: Deciduous shrub

Outstanding Features: White felted foliage, creamy-white fragrant flowers

Form: Open, loose

Growth Rate: Slow

Bloom: Densely packed slender panicles of creamy white fragrant flowers with yellow to orange eye in late summer to autumn

Size: 10’ H x 10’ W

Light: Full sun to part shade

Soil: Fertile, moist, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 8-9

Care: Prune in early spring as buds begin to swell. Can be cut to the ground.

Pests and Diseases: None of significance

Propagation: Semi-hardwood cuttings in summer; hardwood cuttings in autumn