Buddleja alternifolia Maxim.
Buddleja alternifolia is a shrub.
Buddleja alternifolia was described by Carl Johann Maximowicz. The name is considered as validly published.
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.
The shrubs reach heights of 1 to 4 metres. The plants reach a width of 2 to 4 metres.
Wood and Bark
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.
The plants form shallow roots.
Buddleja alternifolia is native to Northwest China.
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 -23Â°C (USDA zone 6).
Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber
- open areas
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.
Pests and Diseases
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