Butterfly Bush, Summer Lilac
Buddleja 'Summer Skies'

Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja (BUD-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Summer Skies
Additional cultivar information:(PP22465, CBRAF)
Synonym:Buddleia

Category:

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Pollen may cause allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Deciduous

Herbaceous

Variegated

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Aug 20, 2012, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have had this plant in the garden for two months. During this time it has doubled in size and is flowering beautifully. The flowers are indeed violet - slightly more purple than a typical english lavender. They are nicely shaped in pointed panicles and very full. The shape of the bush is round and full. The foliage color is outstanding. It is variegated with lemony cream and light green which looks wonderful with other plants.

UPDATE:

I have removed all my buddleias except the Lochinch. All but the Lochinch had become infested with mildew. I don't know if it's the weather these past years or the density of buddleias, but I suspect both have contributed. I noticed the mildew last year and cut them all to the ground. This spring, the lochinch was the only one ... read more