Description: A large deciduous shrub or can be treated as a small tree which has graceful arching branches clothed in long green leaves. In summer the branches are covered with a mass of delicate fragrant lilac flowers which are often described as resembling a waterfall.
Uses: Good as a specimen in a smaller garden or in a larger border. Nectar rich and so excellent in the wildlife garden.
Climate/Position: Full sun
Height/Spread: Up to 4 metres x 4 metres.
Soil Requirements: Any fertile soil must be well drained.
Pruning: Unlike Buddliea davidia when plants are cut back hard in spring, the pruning of B alterinfolia is best done after flowering removing up to one third of the oldest stems at ground level to maintain a tidy plant and alows rejuvination.
Additional Interest: Buddleia are named after the Rev. Adam Buddle, one time vicar of Farnbridge, Essex. B. alternifolia was introduced in from China in 1915.