Butterfly Bush, Summer Lilac, Orange-eye Butterfly Bush
Buddleja davidii 'Pink Delight'

Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja (BUD-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: davidii (duh-VID-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Delight
Synonym:Buddleia davidii
Synonym:Buddleia variabilis
Synonym:Buddleja variabilis

Category:

Shrubs

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:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Deciduous

Herbaceous

Other details:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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)

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:

Blytheville, Arkansas

Elk Grove, California

Eureka, California (2 reports)

Jacumba, California

Oakley, California

Perris, California

Redondo Beach, California

San Jose, California

Sonoma, California

Bear, Delaware

Chiefland, Florida

Dania, Florida

Delray Beach, Florida

Lake Wales, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Conyers, Georgia

Dacula, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Oak Lawn, Illinois

Nashville, Indiana

South Bend, Indiana

Princeton, Kansas

Hebron, Kentucky

Shreveport, Louisiana

Sandwich, Massachusetts

Brooklyn, Michigan

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Madison, Mississippi

Saint Peters, Missouri

Candia, New Hampshire

Denville, New Jersey

Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey

Verona, New Jersey

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Buffalo, New York

Poughkeepsie, New York

Candler, North Carolina

Carthage, North Carolina

Raeford, North Carolina

Dover, Ohio

Rio Grande, Ohio

Thurman, Ohio

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Cheshire, Oregon

Catasauqua, Pennsylvania

Clearfield, Pennsylvania

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Reading, Pennsylvania

Rochester, Pennsylvania

Souderton, Pennsylvania

Providence, Rhode Island

Bluffton, South Carolina

Gilbert, South Carolina

Lexington, South Carolina

North, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Irving, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Rosenberg, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Mc Lean, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia

Sterling, Virginia

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

6
positives
4
neutrals
1
negative
RatingContent
Negative

On Oct 3, 2011, Tibble22 from Panama City Beach, FL wrote:

Bought this plant early this past Spring and planted it immediately. It is now early Autumn and the plant still has done very little. It gets full sun and is watered regularly. Spikes of blooms have been very small, not fragrant and spindley. The entire plant has only grown about an inch all season. I plan on yanking it out of my garden and tossing it. Back home in Chicago we had them as kids and they grew profusely and attracked bees and butterflies, not here in Florida.

Positive

On Sep 8, 2010, suentommy from Souderton, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Love this bush. The flower spikes look so beautiful Today is a windy day and they are nodding in the breeze and the fragrance comes right into my home. I made sure I planted them so that when the wind blew I'd get the fragrance inside.

Neutral

On Aug 6, 2007, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I think this is a very beautiful cultivar but I lost mine suddenly, I think due to excessive rains. I will get another one. I have 3-4 other cultivars that were totally unfazed by the rains, so I'm a little puzzled.

Neutral

On May 27, 2007, 1cros3nails4gvn from Bluffton, SC (Zone 9a) wrote:

here, the bush is an evergreen shrub. it tries to grow during the winter, but only very slowly. we cut ours back every few years or so to keep it in control.

Neutral

On Apr 29, 2007, mz_pimp93 from Morgan Hill, CA wrote:

I just bought a butterfly bush yesterday, and I am not sure how to care for it. It's only about 1-2 1/2 feet. If you have any tips, PLEASE HELP!!! Greatly appreciated.

Positive

On Nov 20, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

I love it! Beautiful!

I love the color and I try to keep it deadheaded at all times and pinched back for compactness.

Positive

On Oct 22, 2005, ZZsBabiez from Lodi, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Talk about drought resistance!!
I found a bush laying on the ground that hadn't been watered in 5 years other than by Mother Nature. It was alive, but somewhat shriveled, with broken limbs and very sparse. This bush has teeny tiny blooms (compared to these pictures) it is starving to death, but it is an exact duplicate to the picture of that majestic bloom in the picture. This one has found a loving home and I will do my best to bring it back to it's original beauty.

Positive

On Jul 29, 2005, Tjsangel from Warren, OH wrote:

I love this butterfly bush! Mine is 12 ft and flowering now, and this morning I saw a swallowtail butterfly and hummingbird on it. Flowers are sweetly scented, it likes dry conditions w/a little water. Easy to grow and beautiful.

Positive

On Jul 12, 2005, jamie68 from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Buttrfly bushes are all pretty plants in my opinion....but this one is stunning!!! Gorgeous, soft pink flowers with an orange eye on spikes well over one foot long...and born in profusion!!! When cut back to 6"-12" in late winter - early spring, it can attain 10 ft by summer, with a beautiful shape!! I have several Buddliea, this is easily my favorite! And the fragrance....WOW!!!! A+++

Neutral

On Nov 25, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Most butterfly bushes are hardy in zones 5 - 9. If you live in zone 5 or a colder zone, the tops in your butterfly bushes will likely die back over the winter. Even so, they will come back the next growing season bigger and better then before. Butterfly bushes prefer full sun (they must receive eight or more hours of sun a day to thrive). This cultivar can reach a height of up to 10'. It's pink flower spikes are stunningly beautiful.

Positive

On Jan 10, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

The flower spikes are very beautiful on this cultivar. It should be cut to the ground every year to keep it in shape and size. Seeds do not come true.