Buddleja alternifolia

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Buddleja alternifolia Maxim.

Buddlejaceae

Life form: shrub

Exposure: sun   6

Moisture: moderately moist bis Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: decidious

Shape: elliptic

Division: simple

Shape: salverform
Fruit: not specified

VI

82C / 7b4c9a 

Inflorescence: panicle

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Lamiidae
Superordo:
Lamianae
Ordo:
Scrophulariales

Buddleja alternifolia is a shrub.

Naming

Buddleja alternifolia was described by Carl Johann Maximowicz. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Buddleja alternifolia is a species in the genus Buddleja which contains approximately 146 to 174 species and belongs to the family of the Buddlejaceae (Butterfly-bush Family). The type species of the genus is Buddleja americana.

Characteristics

Buddleja alternifolia - flowers
Buddleja alternifolia - branches
Buddleja alternifolia - inflorescence

Growth

The shrubs reach heights of 1 to 4 metres. The plants reach a width of 2 to 4 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Buddleja alternifolia is deciduous. The silver-grey, simple leaves are opposite. They are elliptic, entire and petiolate.

Flowers and Fruits

Buddleja alternifolia produces panicles of purple salverform flowers in June. The plants flower on older shoots.


Root System

The plants form shallow roots.

Distribution

Buddleja alternifolia is native to Northwest China.

Cultivation

The shrubs prefer a sunny situation on fresh to moist soil. The substrate should be sandy loam with a pH between 6,5 and 7,5. They tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • open areas

Uses

The ornamental value of Buddleja alternifolia lies especially in its fragrance. Suited for moorland gardens, rockeries and for rooftop gardens, as well as suited as container plant and as bee pasture.

Maintenance and Propagation

The plants usually need very little maintenance.


Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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