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Buddleja Butterfly Bush For Sale

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Buddleja Plants – Best In New Zealand!

Adding colourful shrubs such as Buddleja to your garden delivers a vast range of benefits:

We have the right variety of Buddleja for your space in our large range of plants. Our butterfly bush buddleja have been selected to thrive in NZ’s climate. We stock only the highest quality plants, sourcing them from NZ’s leading nurseries. Each plant is packed and transported with extreme care, ensuring it arrives to you in the same condition it was in when it left the nursery. If you are wanting to buy a Buddleja plant, shop with confidence from the best in the industry.

Buddleja Questions

1. Is it Buddleja or Buddleia?

Both Buddleja and Buddleia are correct spellings of the name of the genus of flowering plants commonly known as butterfly bush. The original spelling of the name, given by Linnaeus in 1753, was Buddleja. However, the spelling Buddleia has also been widely used for many years.

In recent years, there has been a trend towards using the original spelling, Buddleja. This is because the name is derived from the name of the English botanist Reverend Adam Buddle, and the suffix "-ja" is the correct way to create a genus name from the name "Buddle". However, the spelling Buddleia is still more commonly used in some parts of the world, and it is still considered to be a correct spelling.

2. When to buy buddleia?

The best time to buy buddleia is in spring, after the last frost has passed. This will give the plant a chance to establish itself before the hot weather arrives. Buddleia plants can also be purchased and planted in summer, but it is important to water them regularly until they become established.

3. Which buddleia is best for butterflies?

The best type of buddleia for butterflies is the butterfly bush, also known as Buddleja davidii. This species is native to China and Japan, but it has been introduced to many parts of the world, including New Zealand. It is a popular choice for gardens because it is easy to grow and produces a long-lasting display of flowers in a variety of colors, including purple, pink, white, and yellow.

Other types of buddleia that are good for butterflies include:

4. How long do buddleia last?

Buddleia plants can live for many years with proper care. Some buddleia plants have been known to live for over 50 years.

5. What is the most hardy buddleia?

The most hardy buddleia is Buddleja davidii. This species is native to central China and Japan, but it has been introduced to many parts of the world, including New Zealand. It is a popular choice for gardens because it is easy to grow and produces a long-lasting display of flowers in a variety of colors, including purple, pink, white, and yellow.

Buddleja davidii can tolerate temperatures down to -20 degrees Ceclcius and is relatively drought-tolerant once established. This makes it a good choice for gardeners in colder climates or in areas with less rainfall.

6. Should buddleia be cut back every year?

It is not necessary to cut back buddleia every year, however, it is recommended. Trimming encourages new growth and promotes better flowering. Buddleia flowers on new wood, so cutting it back in the late winter or early spring will help to produce a more abundant display of flowers. If you don’t cut back your buddleia every year, it will eventually become leggy and overgrown. The flowers will also be smaller and fewer in number.

To cut back buddleia, simply prune the stems back to about 10-20 cm above the ground. Be sure to remove any dead or diseased branches. You can also prune to shape the plant or to control its size.

7. Should I deadhead buddleia?

It is a good idea to deadhead buddleia. Deadheading removes the spent flowers and stops the plant putting energy into producing seed. This encourages the plant to produce new flowers and can prolong flowering.

8. What is the best Buddleia to buy?

Unfortunately, there isn't a single "best" Buddleia as the perfect variety depends on your specific needs and preferences. However, I can help you narrow down your options based on some key factors:


Size and growth habit:

Flower color and fragrance:

Other factors:

9. When to buy Buddleia?

The best time to buy Buddleia plants is almost any time of year, but planting between autumn and spring is generally best.

10. What is the lifespan of a Buddleja?

Generally, a Buddleia can live for 10-20 years. However, some exceptional specimens have been documented to reach 30-35 years with proper care.

11. Which Buddleia attracts the most butterflies?

Determining the absolute "most attractive" Buddleia for butterflies is tricky, as several factors play a role, but here are some contenders and what makes them so butterfly-friendly:

Flower Color and Fragrance:

Flowering Time:

12. Where is the best place to plant buddleia?

Here are some key considerations for planting your Buddleia:

While Buddleias enjoy sunshine, strong winds can damage their delicate branches. Consider planting them near a wall, fence, or other structure for some wind protection.

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