Buddleja, Butterfly Bush, Orange-eye Butterfly Bush, Summer Lilac 'White Profusion'

Buddleja davidii

Family: Scrophulariaceae (skrof-yoo-larr-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Buddleja (BUD-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: davidii (duh-VID-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: White Profusion




Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:



4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone



Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 2, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The Royal Horticultural Society has given this cutivar its coveted Award of Garden Merit. "A later flowing white. A big plant, but it has a reasonably good habit. The secondary flower spikes are a good size. Height and spread 280x380cm." http://apps.rhs.org.uk/planttrials/TrialReports/Buddleja 201...

This species is short-lived (usually under 10 years). Hard pruning (to 6") annually in early spring helps it renew itself and improves bloom.

All B. davdii cultivars require weekly deadheading for them to look and bloom its best.

Butterfly bushes may be good nectar sources for adult butterflies, but they are not food sources for the caterpil... read more


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!