SelecTree: Tree Detail
FOUNTAIN BUTTERFLY BUSH
Photo Locations: Arnold Arboretum - Boston, MA.
Utility friendly tree.
Attracts butterflies. Grows well in well-drained rocky soil.
Has fragrant Flower.
Additional Common Names
FOUNTAIN BUTTERFLY BUSH, ALTERNATE-LEAF BUTTERFLY BUSH
Has Deciduous foliage.
Height: 12 - 20 feet.
Width: 12 feet.
Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.
Longevity Less than 50 years.
Leaves Lanceolate, Bluish Green or Silver or Gray Green, Golden or Yellow or Orange, Deciduous.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant Purple. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Capsule, fruiting in Summer.
Bark Dark Brown or Light Green, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate in Leaf.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Low out of Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 2 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Moist to Dry and Well Drained Soil.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.
Salinity Tolerance is Moderate Inland.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Desirable Wildlife Plant.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Buddleja alternifolia Tree Record." 1995-2021. Jan 21, 2021.
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