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Buddleja davidii 'White Profusion'

Family: Buddlejaceae
Genus: Buddleja (BUD-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: davidii (duh-VID-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: White Profusion

Synonym:Buddleia davidii
Synonym:Buddleia variabilis
Synonym:Buddleja variabilis

12 vendors have this plant for sale.

11 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
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 semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive stormyla On Nov 24, 2009, stormyla from Norristown, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I have 2 of these bushes growing as understory plantings beneath Maples in my very dry windy roadside bed. This summer they started out as 8" seedlings. They are now over 3 feet tall and bloomed for months. I deadheaded them and they put out bloom after bloom.

Positive vossner On May 6, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have trained mine as a standard and is currently over 6 ft tall. White blooms are very aromatic. Gets lots of suckers so constantly removing those to maintain tree form. This tree is at least 5 yrs old as of this writing.

Positive mbhoakct76 On Mar 16, 2008, mbhoakct76 from Winsted, CT wrote:

easy to grow and very quick growing. give it room and expect a big bush!! butterflies really do love em to!!
i discovered they are easy to grow from cuttings and seed, and will even bloom quite a bit the first year.

Positive kd2000 On Nov 17, 2007, kd2000 from toronto
Canada wrote:

This is a wonderful bush, purchased 2 in early summer about 12" high in small pots, by the end of summer they were 4-5' high with a 4' spread and flowering profusely. I dead head and have blooms until frost in my zone 4/5 garden. I have not had any problem with self sowing / plant becoming invasive, and reasonable luck with cuttings. It is simply an easy care, low maintenance, bright addition to the perennial beds.

Positive DrDoolotz On Jun 7, 2005, DrDoolotz from Oxford, NS (Zone 5b) wrote:

I grew this variety in zone 5a, Iowa, in 2004. It was very vigorous and flowered well. It did need staking even in that first year due to the height. It overwintered fine and is once again growing vigorously this spring. The only thing is, I never saw a butterfly on it!


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

Cornville, Arizona
Elk Grove, California
Hesperia, California
Paradise, California
Sacramento, California
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
Winsted, Connecticut
Brooksville, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Dacula, Georgia
Mackinaw, Illinois
Greenville, Indiana
Urbandale, Iowa
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Hebron, Kentucky
Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Rutherford, New Jersey
Croton On Hudson, New York
Kinderhook, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Wilson, North Carolina
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2 reports)
Jonesville, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Bedias, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Irving, Texas
Katy, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Grand Mound, Washington
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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