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Deciduous Shrubs (Flowering) – Drawf Butterfly Bush

  • Dwarf pugster butterfly bush 

Botanical name: buddleja davidii ‘SMNBDBT’

Beginner friendly?: yes

Average size at maturity:  2-3 ft in height and in width

Bloom time:  Early summer to first frost 

Hardy zone: Zones 5-9

Flower color:  Blue, pink, white, purple

Foliage color: Green

Growth rate:  Up to 2 ft a year 

Pruning needs: Cut the shrub back to about 2 feet in height in the spring, as soon as you notice new growth emerging.

Propagation methods: cut a stem just below a node and place in water until roots start to emerge

Landscape use: Border or beds 

Light needs: Full sun, 6 hours a day

Special features: Attracts hummingbirds 

Water needs: Low to average watering, soil can be dry once established

Fertilizing needs: In the spring/summer, use a slow-release and organic fertilizer to promote more blooms during the shrub-growing season

Best time to plant: spring to midsummer 

Best type of soil: clay 

Companion plants:dianthus, coneflowers, yarrow, red hot pokers and sedum

Toxicity level: not toxic to humans or pets

Invasive species: no

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