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Buddleja alternifolia

Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja (BUD-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: alternifolia (al-tern-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Buddleia alternifolia

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By grafting
By simple layering
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mamato3monkeys On Aug 29, 2008, mamato3monkeys from Dallas, GA wrote:

Love this plant! I have cut mine to look like a tree. It has this heavenly look to it now.

Positive jennsned On Jan 18, 2003, jennsned from Endicott, NY wrote:

A very large, but wonderful shrub. It survives without any dieback in zone 5. I purchased 2 from Park Seed and they grew 3 ft in the first season. I would recommend this to anyone that has the space. Breathtaking in bloom

Positive cindywhitehurst On May 7, 2002, cindywhitehurst wrote:

A very beautiful and very hard to find (at least in Spring of 2002) plant. I am training mine into a standard. The blooms are just georgeous. The older the bush gets the prettier it is. Very easy to grow. I like the weeping habit.

Neutral Terry On Apr 2, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

A weeping form, B. alternifolia blooms on previous year's wood and is slightly hardier than B. davidii.


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

Denver, Colorado
Littleton, Colorado
Bartow, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Barnesville, Georgia
Cordele, Georgia
Dallas, Georgia
Locust Grove, Georgia
Boise, Idaho
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Topsfield, Massachusetts
Fredonia, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
New Carlisle, Ohio
Roff, Oklahoma
Chalfont, Pennsylvania
Houston, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Atlanta, Texas
Austin, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Plano, Texas
Brattleboro, Vermont

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